Epidemic

related topics
{disease, patient, cell}
{rate, high, increase}
{theory, work, human}
{island, water, area}
{country, population, people}
{area, part, region}
{work, book, publish}

In epidemiology, an epidemic (επι (epi)- meaning "upon or above" and δεμος (demos)- meaning "people"), occurs when new cases of a certain disease, in a given human population, and during a given period, substantially exceed what is expected based on recent experience. The disease is not required to be communicable. Examples of epidemics are cancer, heart disease and swine flu[clarification needed]. An epidemic may be restricted to one locale, more general, or even global, in which case it is called a pandemic. A few cases of a very rare disease may be classified as an epidemic, while many cases of a common disease (such as the common cold) would not.

See also

Organisations:

Notes

External links


Full article ▸

related documents
Proteinuria
Grey matter
Pharynx
Pathogen
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Hematology
Cowpox
Meconium
Ampicillin
Fatal familial insomnia
Prune belly syndrome
Blood vessel
Streptococcus
Ileum
Trimethoprim
Anorexia (symptom)
Angiopathy
Apraxia
Vaccine
Zoonosis
Dilation and curettage
Psychiatrist
Adrenocorticotropic hormone
Skene's gland
Hunger
Adrenal gland
Lumbar disc disease
Allergen
Perineum
Nicotinamide