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Every morning as you are getting ready for the day, you listen to the national news. The newscaster describes how Disease X was reported in Montana. The newscaster mentions that this disease, which has been reported in Montana in the past, has a higher than normal frequency. He states that scientists are traveling to Montana and are expected to declare that this disease has reached epidemic proportions. Do you agree with the statement made by the newscaster? Why or why not?

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This solution contains information on whether an increase in Disease X in Montana would be considered an epidemic.

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An epidemic occurs when new cases of a certain disease, in a given human population, and during a given period, substantially exceed what is expected based on ...

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