Epidemic

Epidemic

Epidemic

An outbreak of a serious contagious disease that spreads rapidly and widely within a specific city, region or country. Epidemics generally exceed expectations of the severity and prevalence of a disease. An epidemic that is widespread over multiple regions worldwide is known as a pandemic.

Widespread epidemics experienced in Australia include the bubonic plague, H1N1, Poliomyelitis and Spanish Influenza. Many of these diseases have been controlled through the increased use of vaccines.

Image: The H1N1 virus under a microscope, Centre for Disease Control Influenza Laboratory

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Name Category Location Date
Epidemic Epidemic – Food poisoning outbreak, Brisbane 2015 Epidemic Queensland 26/02/2015 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Hepatitis A outbreak, Australia-wide 2015 Epidemic Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania 14/02/2015 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Food poisoning outbreak, Canberra 2013 Epidemic Australian Capital Territory 12/05/2013 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Gastroenteritis outbreak, Tasmania 2013 Epidemic Tasmania 24/03/2013 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Listeria outbreak, Australia-wide 2012 Epidemic Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania 25/12/2012 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - H1N1 Pandemic, Australia-wide 2009 Epidemic Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria 09/05/2009 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Food Poisoning Melbourne 2003 Epidemic Victoria 05/01/2003 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Food poisoning outbreak, Melbourne 2002 Epidemic Victoria 25/03/2002 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Melbourne and Northern Victoria Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak 2000 Epidemic Victoria 11/04/2000 view resource
Epidemic Epidemic - Food Poisoning outbreak, Adelaide 1994 Epidemic South Australia 01/11/1994 view resource
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Research

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Title Author Date Format Type
A Document Australia's first pandemic influenza mass vaccination clinic exercise: Hunter England area Health Service, NSW, Australia Carr C, Durrheim D & Eastwood K et al 2011 link Journal articles view resource
A Document Beyond Pandemics: a whole-of-society approach to disaster preparedness Mosselmans M, Waldman R, Cisek C et al 2011 link Research Papers view resource
A Document Climate change impacts factsheet: Human health National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2012 link Research Papers view resource
A Document Exercise Eleusis Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2005 link Reports view resource
A Document Exercise Paton evaluation report Department of Health (NSW) 2007 link Reports view resource
A Document Fact Sheet: Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza ('swine flu') National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance 2010 link Websites view resource
A Document H1N1 Registry European Society of Intensive Care Medicine 2009 link Websites view resource
A Document Infectious Diseases Epidemiology & Surveillance Victorian Department of Health 2011 link Websites view resource
A Document Influenza A (H1N1): No Restrictions on Travel Recommended World Tourism Organization UNWTO 2009 link Briefings view resource
A Document National pandemic influenza exercise: Exercise Cumpston 06 report Department of Health and Ageing 2007 link Reports view resource
A Document Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza outbreak in Australia: impact on emergency departments FitzGerald G, Patrick J R, Fielding E L et al. 2009 link Research Papers view resource
A Document Pandemic vaccine distribution policy for the twenty-first century Russo T 2012 link Journal articles view resource
A Document Plague: rats in the realm Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney 2009 link Reports view resource
A Document Public behaviour during a pandemic Hagan P, Maguire B, Bopping D 2008 link Journal articles view resource
A Document Review of Australia's Health Sector Response to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009: Lessons Identified Department of Health and Ageing (Australian Government) 2011 link Websites view resource