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Discussion » Questions » Health and Wellness » At what point is something considered to be an EPIDEMIC? When does the CDC start paying attention? How many foks hafta die? Why?

At what point is something considered to be an EPIDEMIC? When does the CDC start paying attention? How many foks hafta die? Why?

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  • 602
    What are you talking about ? This post was edited by Sunshine at January 9, 2017 1:32 PM MST
      January 9, 2017 1:31 PM MST
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  • 6724
    Well it has to be an actual disease or health issue for starters.  At least it should be.

    Violence and gun crime isn't a disease.  I speculate that is what you are  getting at.
      January 9, 2017 1:54 PM MST
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  • 1231

    The CDC's official definition of an epidemic is: "The occurrence of more cases of disease than expected in a given area or among a specific group of people over a particular period of time."

    Not very definitive. But "Webster" isn't much better:

    epidemic

     [ep″ĭ-dem´ik]
    occurring suddenly in numbers clearly in excess of normal expectancy, in contrast to endemic or sporadic. The term is used especially of infectious diseases but is also applied to any disease, injury, or other health-related event occurring in such outbreaks.



    This may shed more light on the subject for you. It applies specifically to HIV/AIDS but the principles apply across the board (and many in the fields of medicine and Public Health feel tht JHU's Blomberg School of Public Health is the world standard).

    http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-public-health-and-human-rights/_pdf/Baral_IAS2010_HIVepidemicAmongMSM.pdf
    This post was edited by Salt and Red Pepper at January 9, 2017 2:32 PM MST
      January 9, 2017 2:20 PM MST
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