outbreak : Definition, Usages, News and More

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

  • But it's unclear if those measures will be enough to stem the outbreak in outlying provinces, where the health-care system has been eroded by years of inadequate government funding .
  • A second outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease emerged in Britain on Monday night, thwarting early hopes that the highly contagious animal disease could be contained.
  • The virulent H5N1 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed as the source of a bird flu outbreak on an English farm.
News & Articles


  • Ban Ki-moon in Boston Globe (registration)
    In New York, Ban warned of an "outbreak of infectious diseases that could dwarf today's crisis."
  • Barack Obama in New York Times
    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.
  • Zhou Xiaochuan in Wall Street Journal
    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.

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