Definition Of outbreak


the sudden or violent start of something unwelcome, such as war, disease, etc..

the outbreak of World War II

Example Of outbreak

  • According to the National Disease Surveillance Centre, last year's outbreaks caused at least 2,000 people to become ill.

  • Acute diarrhoea was rare in these sections, and no outbreaks of gastroenteritis were recorded.

  • As the outbreak spread, political and medical authorities kept a tight lid on information.

  • Avian cholera outbreaks occur primarily in winter and early spring.

  • Conditions in Australian cities were so poor that Sydney suffered an outbreak of plague at the turn of the century.

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