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pandemic

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Definition widespread disease (more widespread than an epidemic)
  • a pandemic outbreak of malaria
  • pandemic fear of nuclear war
  • The resulting slaughter of these animals eliminated predators of the rat and thus probably extended the pandemic.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • To illustrate this, Korn points to the Spanish flu pandemic.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • What if Hunter really was right and they were only days away from an unstoppable pandemic?
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • Joia was working on a scholarly paper to show that treatment and prevention were a single indivisible strategy for dealing with the AIDS pandemic.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • As Stephen Lewis, the former UN ambassador for AIDS, puts it: "Gender inequality is driving the pandemic.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The result has been the Flare pandemic.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The most famous flu epidemic of all — the pandemic of 1918 — was first spotted in the spring of that year and was, relatively speaking, quite tame.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • He sounded like this: "There will be a pandemic that kills millions, a devastating energy crisis, a horrible worldwide depression, and a nuclear explosion set off in anger.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • Worldwide pandemic.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "My software," Trish explained, "was designed to help government agencies better evaluate and respond appropriately to wide-scale crises—pandemic diseases, national tragedies, terrorism, that sort of thing."
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Add the malaria pandemic into the projections, and it seemed obvious that the world faced public health catastrophes on a scale not seen for centuries, since the eras of plague in Europe or the near extinctions of indigenous peoples in the Americas.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The twin pandemics of AIDS and tuberculosis raged on, of course, magnifying each other, in Africa and Asia, eastern Europe and Latin America.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • The hope was to raise many billions of dollars annually to fight the world's three great pandemics.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • At this time citizens must unite to prevent further spread of this pandemic.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She had intended to take the entire day off from work, but a pandemic of strep throat in the cites had compelled her to spend the morning at the clinic.
    Daniel Silva  --  The Black Widow
  • Kai could guess that Torin hadn't intended to mention the antidote, at least until they could plan their next move—but letumosis was a pandemic that affected all of them.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • At the moment, in the high councils of international health, there was great debate as to how the world should address the AIDS pandemic, not in the United States and Western Europe, where the disease seemed more or less under control, but in places like Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa, where it was still growing with terrifying velocity.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The argument had a grand scale and great complexity, but in fundamental ways it resembled the debates about mdr treatment—most experts saying that only prevention, not treatment, was feasible in places like Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa; others, and especially groups like act up, calling the failure to treat not just immoral but also foolish, since it was clear that prevention alone would not halt the growing pandemic.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains

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