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pandemic

GC: n

S: WHO - http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/frequently_asked_questions/pandemic/en/(external link) (last access: 25 April 2013); http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=4751(external link) (last access: 9 September 2015); DORLAND.

N: 1. 1660s, from Late Latin pandemus, from Greek pandemos "pertaining to all people; public, common," from pan- "all" (see pan-) + demos "people" (see demotic). Modeled on epidemic. The noun is first recorded 1853, from the adjective.
2. pandemic, outbreak of infectious disease that occurs over a wide geographical area and that is of high prevalence, generally affecting a significant proportion of the world’s population, usually over the course of several months. Pandemics arise from epidemics, which are outbreaks of disease confined to one part of the world, such as a single country. Pandemics, especially those involving influenza, sometimes occur in waves, so that a postpandemic phase, marked by decreased disease activity, may be followed by another period of high disease prevalence.
3. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention the novels The Scarlet Plague (1912) by Jack London (1876-1916), The Stand (1978) by Stephen King and Flu (2010) by Wayne Simmons.

S: 1. OED - http://goo.gl/i1wDiO(external link) (last access. 4 September 2014). 2. EncBrit - http://goo.gl/ggMVZ3(external link) (last access: 6 September 2015). 3. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1201864.The_Scarlet_Plague(external link) (last access: 15 July 2016); http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/149267.The_Stand(external link) (last access: 15 July 2016); http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7504472-flu(external link) (last access: 15 July 2016).

SYN: pandemic disease

S: COSNAUTAS/LIBRO ROJO (last access: 2 June 2016)

CR: endemic disease, enzootic, epidemic, epizootic, panzootic.


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