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pandemic

(of a disease) affecting persons over a wide geographical area; extensively epidemic

Pandemic

 

an epidemic marked by the spread of an infectious disease over an entire country, to neighboring countries, and sometimes to many other countries as well. Among diseases that may be pandemic are cholera and influenza.

pandemic

[pan′dem·ik]
(medicine)
Epidemic occurring over a widespread geographic area.
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Nurses, physicians and PAs are the backbone of the health care system, and it is critical that they are engaged in pandemic planning," explained Sandra E.
However, pandemic influenza occurs when there is an emergence of a new influenza strain to which we, as humans, do not have any immunity.
Despite the prediction that Alaska's economy could suffer greater economic losses than 47 states, the state ranks 48th in terms of funds allocated for pandemic preparations by the U.
The United States was overwhelmed by the 1918-1919 pandemic flu, which caused the deaths of at least 675,000 Americans.
The severity of a pandemic is primarily determined by its death rate, or the percentage of infected people who die.
THE World Health Organisation (WHO) expects three global pandemics in every century.
Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Sudbury and District Health Unit, Vera Etches says pandemic planning can pay huge dividends for businesses and their suppliers down the road.
Global health experts say it's inevitable that an influenza pandemic will strike the U.
She points out that during the 1918 influenza pandemic in New Zealand, more nurses died than any other professional group because of their close proximity to infected patients and the increased exposure to the virus.
A pandemic is clearly different and that's what we're looking at," says Linda Erdos, director of school and community relations at Arlington Public Schools in Virginia.
Even so, a human pandemic caused by bird flu is by no means inevitable.