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  • Doctors are concerned about an epidemic outbreak of influenza this year.
  • This idea of crime as an epidemic, it must be said, is a little strange.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I don’t want no epidemic gittin’ started in this town.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • They’re not going to permit another great epidemic of it.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith

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  • Is the epidemic getting out of hand?
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • No strange diseases, no food epidemics, no collapsing buildings.
    Darren Shan  --  A Vampire’s Assistant
  • Carthage had a bigger drug epidemic than I ever knew: The cops had been here just yesterday, and already the druggies had resettled, like determined flies.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • One such sick and dying wolf appeared in Churchill during the 1946 epidemic.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Diseases were rare on the ship; there hadn’t been any epidemics since the last outbreak they’d quarantined on Walden.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • It does not have the p0000etry of a good epidemic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo

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    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • He perished in the great silence epidemic of 1712.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "Worst thing in the world to get rid of," she said, and told us about the epidemic at the girls’ school in Kinvara when she was a boarder.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • That’s what had happend to Father: they’d had an epidemic of cholera on the prison ship he’d been on.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • Everyone wants to prevent an epidemic.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • He says, waving his fork, that if we continue to overbreed as a species, a new epidemic will arise to redress the balance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The kind that quickens during a hunt, not an epidemic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Just as at Ofuna, beriberi and other preventable diseases were epidemic at Omori.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Awhile back, there was some sort of pox epidemic that killed a bunch of them and left a lot more infertile.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • By the end of 1951 the world was in the midst of the biggest polio epidemic in history.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The rest was swift and simple like an epidemic.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • A serious epidemic broke out in the school and three of the boys died.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • The diptheria epidemic that had destroyed so many things in Las Pasturas had claimed her.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Heart attacks were an epidemic in the United States.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • "Two of her children died in the epidemic," I said.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • This was the soil on which my great-grandfather had married his third wife a year before dying in the cholera epidemic that hit Kabul in 1915.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "One epidemic in the collection," he used to say, "and we’ll end up in a road crew breaking up stones."
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Renwick Smallpox Hospital was designed by architect Jacob Renwick and intended to quarantine the poorest victims of Manhattan’s uncontrollable smallpox epidemic.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • But about the middle of the winter Eady’s horses fell ill of a local epidemic.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • If there was no rain at all, there were freakish, inexplicable phenomena like the epidemic of diarrhea or the bomb line that moved.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Some adults were excited too, but to be certain the whole young population had come down with graduation epidemic.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Tuberculosis and double pneumonia were raging in those days, and Mameh had a great fear one of her kids would catch that, because in Europe one of her brothers died in a flu epidemic.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The camp looked as though it had suffered an epidemic: empty and dead.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • That particular breed began as a joke but had multiplied into an epidemic.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • It turned out that the Jeroboam had a malignant epidemic on board, and that Mayhew, her captain, was fearful of infecting the Pequod’s company.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Big influenza epidemic.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • An epidemic broke out in the ghetto.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • An epidemic of parties and dances broke out.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • We have a contagious epidemic.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Or how many epidemics are raging here.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It was like an epidemic of veneration, which in the course of six or seven years gradually took possession of the whole district.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There’s never any warning given or any special reason, it’s more like an epidemic, it hits the men suddenly and they go.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He knew that unless someone figured out some way of controlling it, the drug trade—and the epidemics of violent crime and untreated addiction it left in its wake— would stifle any hope for progress in the city.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Millions of our children, our most precious natural resource, are being victimized by a tragic and unconscionable epidemic of child abuse and neglect.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • There, headlining Local News: MAJOR DRUG BUST with a picture of Roberto in a sporty pair of cuffs, followed by a daunting expos La Eme and the crank epidemic.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • EXTRA CALORIES Behind our epidemic of obesity lies this simple fact: When food is abundant and cheap, people will eat more of it.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • "Yellow Peril" Hadley swept through the school with the speed of a flu epidemic, and it must be said to his credit that Brinker took it well enough except when, in its inevitable abbreviation, people sometimes called him "Yellow" instead of "Peril."
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • It is almost an epidemic amongst them, I have been told.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • While she was at her Ohio home on her vacation, the worst epidemic of yellow fever broke out in Memphis, Tenn.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • Scarlatina, influenza epidemics.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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