Black Death (Plagues)
HIV and AIDS
Is aids a plague pandemic or epidemic?
Is Ebola a pandemic or a epidemic?
Ebola would be an epidemic. The difference between a pandemic and an epidemic is the population size and locality of infection. An epidemic is a greater than normal amount of infection in a particular area or when infection occurs in an area that isn't normally associated with a certain disease. A pandemic is when the epidemic reaches to world wide proportions.
What is the difference between epidemic and pandemic?
Is the black plague pandemic or epidemic?
Pandemic...is was widespread across continents and countries and not just localized like an epidemic. The Black Death, also known as the Black Plague and Bubonic Plague, was a catastrophic plague that began in Asia and then was spread into Europe between 1346 and sporadically until the late 1700's; peaking between 1347-1351. It killed tens of millions of Europeans. It was caused by a bacterium that was carried by the fleas of rats who gave it to humans when the rats died and the fleas looked for a new host.
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What if An epidemic that becomes very widespread is called?
What questions must scientist answer to fully understand the 1918 flu pandemic?
What is the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic?
An epidemic is a marked rise in disease in a region affecting a localized population, while a pandemic refers to a disease outbreak that is worldwide and affects global populations. An epidemic not worldwide. For example, malaria can reach epidemic levels in regions of Africa but is not a threat globally. Whereas a flu strain can begin locally (epidemic) but eventually spread globally (pandemic). This is not unusual for a new virus, because if people have not been exposed to the virus before, their immune systems are not ready to fight it off, and more people become ill. The SARS epidemic of 2003 is an example. Swine flu started in Mexico city where it was feared to lead to epidemic proportions in North America, now that the flu has been found in New Zealand, Israel, Scotland and many other countries, it has become pandemic. The 1918 Spanish flu and the Black Plague are extreme examples of pandemics. Keep in mind, though, that a pandemic doesn't necessarily mean millions of deaths-it means a geographically widespread epidemic.
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If the recurring questions about Justin Bieber could be considered a pandemic to which historical catastrophe mankind had to endure can they be compared?
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Is the Swine Flu epidemic?
Yes. An epidemic refers to a disproportionatly large population infected with the same disease. A pandemic is a globally infectious disease that started as an epidemic. The World Health Orginization is currently categorizing this as an epidemic, but plans to upgrage the threat to that of pandemic proportions are coming soon.