Discussion posted by: David McNamara
Pandemic refers to an outbreak of an infectious disease that spreads across borders. In recent history, flu pandemics are the most common. Further back, bubonic plague was much more prevalent and responsible for devastating the populations of entire countries. The bubonic plague still exists in over 20 countries, while there hasn’t been a case in Europe for over 50 years, or in the United States since 1925. Now, flu epidemics are much more common, and while not as deadly, soon develop into pandemics in packed urban areas and through international travel.