What is an Epidemic? - Definition & Examples


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A(n) _____ is when a disease is widespread to the point where it affects a disproportionately large number of people in a given area or a population at the same time.

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1. Where did the Ebola epidemic of 2014 start?

2. Where did the 2003 SARS epidemic take place?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of an epidemic. Some things you'll be assessed on include the term for when a disease is spread worldwide, where the Ebola epidemic of 2014 started, and where the 2003 SARS epidemic took place.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • Term for when a disease is spread worldwide
  • Ebola epidemic of 2014
  • 2003 SARS epidemic
  • 1793 yellow fever epidemic

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the characteristics of epidemics
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific epidemics throughout history
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on the yellow fever epidemic and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about epidemics, review the lesson What is an Epidemic? - Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify another name for Ebola
  • Know the elements of the acronym SARS
  • Understand what allowed SARS to spread rapidly
  • Recognize the impact of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic