Epidemic

International Charter activated for Ebola epidemic in Western Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency

An outbreak of Ebola has struck several countries in south west Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency for the deadly epidemic in August 2014.

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Mon, 13/10/2014 - 17:09

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Epidemic

An epidemic is defined as the occurrence of an illness or health-related event that is unusually large or unexpected. Epidemics are commonly caused by a disease of infectious or parasitic origin. Infectious diseases such as cholera, meningococcal meningitis, typhoid, viral hemorrhagic fever pose considerable threats to a community. The term epidemic can be applied to any pronounced rise in the occurrence of a disease and is not restricted to sudden outbreaks[2].

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