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    Endemics, Epidemics, Pandemic and H5N1 avian influenza

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    Discuss the difference between Endemic, Epidemic and Pandemic.

    assess the potential of H5N1 avian influenza to become a pandemic strain in humans. 1. Where did the disease come from? 2. What causes avian influenza?
    3. Can the virus infect humans? 4. What can public health officials do to minimize exposure?
    B. Propose five control measures most likely to be effective to prevent an influenza pandemic from spreading within the United States

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    Of all the communicable diseases, an endemic disease occurs frequently, and according to the National Institutes of Health, comes out with a degree of predictable regularity, in a specific region. Chicken pox reoccurs in elementary schools.

    An epidemic affects a much larger range of populations. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the obesity epidemic affects every state now, according to a new report.

    According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic is a worldwide epidemic. An influenza pandemic can occur when a new influenza virus appears and there is no human immunity.

    In The Emerging Infectious Disease Journal, Volume 16, Number 11-November 2010, a 27 year old woman was reported as getting the Avian Influenza (H5N1) infection and passed away. The report notes that "since the first avian influenza virus (H5N1) was isolated from a goose in ...

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    Disease transition, animal and human diseases and spreading of diseases is discussed.