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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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We believe it to be the first pandemic coverage generally available in the health care insurance marketplace," Lexington noted in the submission.
Genetic reassortment of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus with seasonal influenza A (H3N2) or seasonal influenza A (H1N1) viruses might thus represent a route to enhanced pathogenicity.
Within H1N1, two strains of virus circulate in humans: a seasonal form and pandemic form of influenza known as swine flu, which has sickened millions and killed thousands of people since it first emerged in North America in the spring of 2009.
2) Then there are those who believe that the timing of the WHO's declaration of a pandemic was contrived to benefit the big pharmaceutical companies that stood to make huge gains from such a declaration.
A pandemic wave is a fluctuation in the number of pneumonia- and influenza-related infections and deaths over a given period in a specific geographic location.
In a notice to physicians and other health care providers, officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the same billing rules will apply to the pandemic H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal vaccine.
But if the World Health Organisation (WHO) declares a pandemic before then, another contract would come into force which allows production of a pandemic swine flu vaccine.
The Department of Health said the vaccine agreement could provide enough vaccine to protect the most vulnerable people before a pandemic arrived, without affecting the normal supply of seasonal flu vaccine.
May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- COOP Systems' award winning BCM software now provides the ability for organizations to proactively plan for pandemics events, as well as manage and monitor an actual pandemic crisis.
Washington, April 28 (ANI): It will take at least six months to come up with an effective vaccine in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak, scientists have warned.
To encourage health care providers in Georgia to begin pandemic influenza planning the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) has partnered with the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG), the Georgia Association of Physicians Assistants (GAPA) and the Georgia Division of Public Health (GDPH) to foster awareness and encourage the use of the "Pandemic Planning Kit for Outpatient Providers.
Experts predict that a severe pandemic could overwhelm the nation's health care system, requiring the rationing of limited resources.