Goodman, Richard A. Division of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
- Origins of epidemics
- Responses to epidemics
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The occurrence of cases of disease in excess of what is usually expected for a given period of time. Epidemics are commonly thought to involve outbreaks of acute infectious disease, such as measles, polio, or streptococcal sore throat. More recently, other types of health-related events such as homicide, drownings, and even hysteria have been considered to occur as “epidemics.”
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