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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Pandemic'

Pandemic Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pandemic adj
  1. epidemic over a wide geographical area; "a pandemic outbreak of malaria"
  2. existing everywhere; "pandemic fear of nuclear war" n : an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world
Pandemic Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pandemic \Pan*dem"ic\, a. [L. pandemus, Gr. ?, ?; ?, ?, all + ? the people: cf. F. pand['e]mique.] Affecting a whole people or a number of countries; everywhere epidemic. -- n. A pandemic disease. --Harvey.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pandemic'

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, unless the flu of the season is a pandemic. 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.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a six-stage classification that describes the process by which a novel influenza virus moves from the first few infections in humans through to a pandemic. This starts with the virus mostly infecting animals, with a few cases where animals infect people, then moves through the stage where the virus begins to spread directly between people, and ends with a pandemic when infections from the new virus have spread worldwide.

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* It could be said that the AIDS pandemic is a classic own-goal scored by the human race against itself. - Anne

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  • Homeland Security botched pandemic preparedness : U.S. report
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security failed to assess the supplies it needed to deal with a potential pandemic and now has expired stockpiles including medications, 200,000 respirators and 4,184 bottles of hand sanitizers, an inspector general report showed. The department bought 16 million surgical masks and 350,000 white coverall suits with Read more on this news related to 'Pandemic'
  • U.S. "ill-prepared" for a pandemic
    Somewhere in a Department of Homeland Security warehouse, thousands of doses of antiviral medications are about to expire. Read more on this news related to 'Pandemic'
  • Report: Security agency not prepared for pandemic
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly a decade the Homeland Security Department has stockpiled supplies, from respirators and surgical masks to hand sanitizer and antiviral medications, in case of a pandemic. But the agency stocked up without knowing exactly what it needed and now most of the gear and medicine on hand will be unusable after next year, according to an aud Read more on this news related to 'Pandemic'

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