In epidemiology, an outbreak is a sudden increase in occurrences of a disease in a particular time and place. It may affect a small and localized group or impact upon thousands of people across an entire continent. Two linked cases of a rare infectious disease may be sufficient to constitute an outbreak. Outbreaks include epidemics, which term is normally only used for infectious diseases, as well as diseases with an environmental origin, such as a water or foodborne disease. They may affect a region in a country or a group of countries. Pandemics are near-global disease outbreaks.

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  1. ATCclears

    WA State - Hepatitis A outbreak declared in multiple Counties

    Hepatitis A outbreak declared in multiple counties State officials said the outbreak includes 13 confirmed cases: nine in Spokane County, two in King County, one in Snohomish County and one in Pend Oreille County. “People who are living homeless or who use drugs are at higher risk...
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    Measles outbreak in Europe
  3. PNWguy

    Movie review time: How it Ends.

    How It Ends Movie Review & Film Summary (2018) | Roger Ebert "It’s an apocalyptic road trip movie between a man (Theo James) and his future father-in-law (Forest Whitaker) from Chicago to Seattle as the world is ending. It opens with relatively stale domestic drama as James’ Will flies to the...
  4. ATCclears

    Measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest

    I assume most have seen this, but... Number of confirmed measles cases in Clark County grows to 51 Data point. My Mother-in-law had Measles as a child (before there was a vaccine). She started to go cross-eyed and had to wear an eye patch for a year.
  5. PNWguy

    Measles outbreak. Status?

    Haven't heard anything about it in the news lately. Maybe I'm just not paying attention. I do know that there were two confirmed cases here in Whitman county that are being kept secret from the public so as to not create a panic. They swear that they were able to quarantine them before any...
  6. CountryGent

    Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections Linked to Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal

    I just saw this on the news. Our household never buys that brand, but I figured others might. And there are sick people in both Oregon and Washington, so it is at least possible there are tainted boxes around. CDC has details here. States with cases:
  7. ATCclears

    Infectious-disease outbreaks in Seattle homeless people concern health officials

    Here it comes... Infectious-disease outbreaks in Seattle homeless people concern health officials King County public health officials are becoming increasingly concerned about a variety of outbreaks of serious infectious diseases among people who are homeless. Seattle-King County Public...
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