A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan "all" + δῆμος demos "people") is an epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide.
A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics exclude seasonal flu. Throughout history there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis. More recent pandemics include the HIV pandemic and the 2009 flu pandemic.
a pandemic can start when three conditions have been met:
* emergence of a disease new to a population;
* agents infect humans, causing serious illness; and
* agents spread easily and sustainably among humans.
A disease or condition is not a pandemic merely because it is widespread or kills many people; it must also be infectious. For instance, cancer is responsible for many deaths but is not considered a pandemic because the disease is not infectious or contagious.
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Like a ticking time bomb, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a deadly new coronavirus known as Middle East Respiratory Symptom Coronavirus, or MERS-CoV, that has reared its ugly head killing approximately 50 percent of its known victims thu
News Letter Re: A New Pandemic Threat On the Horizon: H7N9
http://www.survivalblog.com, Doc C.J.
I am an emergency physician practicing in Southern Californistan. I share TXNurse's concern about influenza in general, and especially new variants of Avian Influenza, like H7N9.
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Alex Jones warns a deadly virus gone missing could be the cover story used before releasing the real thing.
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The recurring plagues known as the Black Death, which decimated medieval peoples, could return in modern times as antibiotic-resistant forms of of the virus have emerged, a study warns.
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This weekend, over 900 dead pigs were found floating dead in a river near Shanghai, and nobody new the cause. (UPDATE: It's actually over 2000 pigs now)
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http://www.livescience.com, Susan E. Matthews
Two people have died from the rodent-borne disease called hantavirus after staying in Yosemite National Park, suggesting that the California park hosts many rodents, especially mice, infected with the virus.
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http://www.businessinsider.com, Noah Plaue
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In a deadly flu outbreak, shutting airports should reduce the spread of the disease. But networks scientists have discovered a better approach that's just as effective.
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News Ebola for Beginners
by Jeff R.
CentOres February 7, 2012 article Signs of the Times: What are the SHTF Tipping Points? briefly touched on one point that I would like to expand on: Ebola and Marburg viruses.
News Potentially fatal superbug hits England
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Headlines: Potentially fatal superbug hits England -- Ebola for Beginners -- A beating at Church and Brambleton -- Religion riskier than porn for online viruses: study -- Why Shutting Airports Is Not the Best Way to Halt a Global Flu Pandemic -- See How The 1918 Flu Pandemic Brought The World To Its Knees -- Hantavirus Deaths in Yosemite: More Mice May Be to Blame -- Horrific Video Of The Thousands Of Pigs Found Floating In A Shanghai River
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