outbreak outbreak  /ˈaʊtb ˌreɪk/


  • (n) a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some undesirable condition)



  1. The virulent H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed as the source of a bird flu outbreak on an English farm.
  2. Federal guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prepare schools for H1N1 outbreaks this fall.
  3. In February 1976, an outbreak of swine flu struck Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey, killing a 19-year-old private and infecting hundreds of soldiers.


  1. CDC: 87 Now Sickened in Hepatitis A Outbreak Tied to Frozen Berry Mix

    Title: CDC: 87 Now Sickened in Hepatitis A Outbreak Tied to Frozen Berry Mix Category: Health News Created: 6/11/2013 12:35:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
    on June 13, 2013     Source: MedicineNet.com

  2. Meteorologists forecasting storm outbreak, with eye toward 2012 derecho

    Forecasters are watching an expected outbreak of severe weather from Illinois to Maryland that some are likening to last June's derecho; one meteorologist predicted it would be a "multi billion dollar storm" causing massive power outages.        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Baltimore Sun

  3. Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries sickens 87

    WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to a frozen berry mix sold at Costco has grown to 87 people with illnesses in eight states.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. In New York, Ban warned of an "outbreak of infectious diseases that could dwarf today's crisis."
    on May 12, 2008 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  2. "The potential for a significant outbreak in the fall is looming," President Obama said by telephone link from Italy to the White House's H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit, held at the National Institutes of Health.
    on Jul 9, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: New York Times

  3. "The outbreak of the crisis and its spillover to the entire world reflected the inherent vulnerabilities and systemic risks in the existing international monetary system," Mr. Zhou said.
    on Mar 23, 2009 By: Zhou Xiaochuan Source: Wall Street Journal

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