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Epidemic, endemic or pandemic?
An epidemic occurs when an outbreak of disease is widespread but confined to a limited place and time.
An endemic disease is one which recurs in a particular place or population.
A pandemic is an outbreak of a specific pathogen over a wide geographical area.
So, an epidemic might afflict a specific hospital, or even a town or region of a country.
Malaria is endemic in many African countries.
The notorious 1918 outbreak of Spanish Flu was a pandemic that caused multiple deaths in many regions of the world.
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