Public Health and Safety
What is the difference between epidemic and pandemic?
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 a flu epidemic and a flu pandemic?
What is the difference between a epidemic and a pandemic?
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What are the similarities between pandemic and epidemic?
What is the difference between Pandemic and epidemic?
An epidemic is when new cases of a given disease spread throughout a given population at a rate that is greater than would normally be expected. The disease in question doesn't have to be contagious to fit the definition of epidemic. As far as a pandemic goes, you might say it is an epidemic on steroids. By that I mean, that when an epidemic spreads over a large area--over a continent, several continents, or even global--it becomes a pandemic. If the number of people who are becoming sick with the epidemic disease is stable (meaning the disease is spreading over a great distance, but the number of people who are sick at any given time is remaining relatively the same), then it is not a pandemic. Finally, for a disease to meet pandemic criteria, it must be infectious.
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What is the difference between epidemic and pandimic?
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What if An epidemic that becomes very widespread is called?
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What is the difference between Swine Flu and pandemic flu?
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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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.