A disease affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time. A pandemic covers a wider geographical area than an epidemic. An epidemic is specific to one city, region or country, while a pandemic goes much further than national borders. The social disruption, economic loss, and general hardship caused by a pandemic are higher. sources: GLIDE, Medical News Today
22 Oct 2014, IRIN
'The best approach to minimize risks to the global community is to control the epidemic at its source,' said Kamran Khan, a professor at the University of Toronto. 'While screening travellers arriving at airports outside West Africa may offer a sense of security, this would have at best marginal benefits'...
|Source of data: OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database|
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