pseudoepidemic

pseudoepidemic

An outbreak, usually in a closed community or an institution, of a disorder with no demonstrable physical cause. Pseudoepidemics are probably a form of HYSTERIA induced by group suggestibility and the conviction that the condition is contagious. As a rule the symptoms are vague and minor. This term is an example of what happens when words are coined without regard to the etymology of their constituents. ‘Epidemic’ means ‘among the people’ so there is nothing ‘pseudo’ about such outbreaks.
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(25.) Zhang, Q., et al., Pseudoepidemic due to a unique strain of Mycobacterium szulqai: genotypic, phenotypic, and epidemiological analysis.
Pseudoepidemic of nontuberculous mycobacteria due to a contaminated bronchoscope cleaning machine.
The possibility of a pseudoepidemic must also be considered.
Since the late 1980, cases of multi-drug resistant typhoid fever have rapidly increased and currently endemic zone in Asia stretch from Pakistan in the west and China in the east.17 In addition, there is pseudoepidemic zone in the Middle East.
Nosocomial pseudoepidemic caused by Bacillus cereus traced to contaminated ethyl alcohol from a liquor factory.
A pseudoepidemic of Alcaligenes xylosoxidans attributable to contaminated saline.
Pseudoepidemic of nontuberculous mycobacteria due to a contaminated bronchoscope cleaning machine: report of an outbreak and review of the literature.
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