Outbreak

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1. Outbreak is the occurrence of more cases of a disease than would normally be expected in a specific place or among a group, over a given period of time.

(Source: Business Continuity Management Institute - BCM Institute)

2. An Outbreak is an unexpected increase in the number of cases of a specific disease or clinical symptom.

(2006, Vermont Department of Health. Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan)