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(of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
widespread, prevalent, pervasive, rife, rampant, epidemicView synonyms
- ‘It depends on what percentage of the population gets a pandemic flu strain.’
- ‘The factors involved in the genesis of each pandemic virus are probably different.’
- ‘The arrival of a pandemic influenza would trigger a reaction that would change the world overnight.’
- ‘They appear to have reached pandemic status within urban areas and a cull is long overdue.’
- ‘This argues for the need to look at other ways to respond to a new flu strain which has pandemic potential.’
- ‘So why have British health authorities decided to launch a pandemic flu panic in Britain?’
- ‘Film has become a pandemic obsession throughout our culture and even throughout the world.’
- ‘It is a remarkable achievement which increases Britain's ability to cope with pandemic flu, should it happen.’
- ‘Even if nations vaccinate their entire populations, they will not remain immune to the pandemic shock.’
- ‘History has shown that pandemic strains of influenza viruses emerge as reassortants of human and avian viruses.’
- ‘It is not our principles that have spawned pandemic hatred of America in the Islamic world.’
- ‘Imagine if you will you were a government which was aware of a global pandemic flu in the offing.’
- ‘Mr Abbott today announced that the government would speed up funding for research into pandemic influenza.’
- ‘The Department of Health will also announce its revised pandemic flu contingency plan this week.’
- ‘Sars has revealed much about the way a pandemic illness can affect modern society - with massive consequences.’
- ‘Most topical is the risk of pandemic influenza, which seems to be the highest in three decades.’
- ‘Companies should prepare for a pandemic flu the way they would for a blizzard.’
- ‘But pandemic influenza, appearing every few decades, has much more devastating consequences.’
- ‘The effectiveness of antivirals in the treatment of pandemic influenza is unclear.’
- ‘The idea that this flu could reach pandemic proportions is a chilling thought.’
An outbreak of a pandemic disease.
disease, sicknessView synonyms
- ‘Don't expect to be able to buy most of these things when the pandemic starts.’
- ‘In the case of the avian flu pandemic threat, millions of lives are potentially at stake.’
- ‘This poses the threat as external to France, in the same way that immigration, organised crime, disease pandemics and global warming are all feared as terrible external threats.’
- ‘It will say that if a widely anticipated European flu pandemic hits, unhygienic doctors will contribute to the spread of the virus.’
- ‘In countries afflicted by epidemics and pandemics like HIV / AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, growth and development will be threatened until these scourges can be contained.’
- ‘Humans have lived with influenza viruses for centuries and we thought we knew all about their inter-host transmissions, antigenic shift, drift, epidemics, pandemics and vaccines.’
- ‘Scotland will be hit by a deadly strain of the bird flu virus within three weeks of a pandemic starting in Asia, Scotland's top doctor has warned.’
- ‘Is the Canadian plan to deal with the bird flu pandemic similar to that outlined by the president today?’
- ‘Let's hope that this virus does not mutate and create a worldwide pandemic this winter.’
- ‘The European settling of the Americas brought disease pandemics to the Native Americans that nearly eliminated them as an ethnic classification.’
- ‘It is a small effort worth making if we want to avoid a descent into widespread anarchy, terrorism, pandemics of global disease, and other avoidable calamities.’
- ‘There is, however, going to be another influenza pandemic some time soon.’
- ‘Influenza viruses cause frequent epidemics and periodic pandemics throughout the world due to antigenic variations.’
- ‘Two highly contagious enteroviruses are known to cause epidemics and pandemics of acute haemorrhagic conjunctivitis.’
- ‘Influenza epidemics and pandemics spread rapidly causing a high degree of morbidity and mortality.’
- ‘Women also face severe constraints because of outbreak of pandemics like HIV / AIDS and other diseases.’
- ‘It is to be hoped that they are available before the next pandemic strikes.’
- ‘Last year, following a simulated exercise, the Ministry of Health developed a national pandemic plan.’
- ‘Since the start of the pandemic two decades ago, 17 million Africans have died of it.’
- ‘Influenza pandemics are global outbreaks that emerge infrequently and unpredictably and involve strains of virus to which humans have little or no immunity.’
On the difference between pandemic, endemic, and epidemic, see epidemic
Mid 17th century: from Greek pandēmos (from pan ‘all’ + dēmos ‘people’) + -ic.
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