Review of the impact of epidemics on mental and developmental health in parents and children | Original Article
The CDC defines an epidemic as a sudden and unexpected increase in the number of disease cases in a specific geographic area. Epidemics include diseases like smallpox, measles, and polio, to name just a few. This doesn't mean that an epidemic illness has to be communicable. The outbreaks of West Nile fever and obesity are also referred to as epidemics. If a disease or particular health-related activity (e.g., smoking) is clearly above the anticipated prevalence in a community or area, it may be considered an epidemic. In this paper discuss the impact of epidemics on mental and developmental health in parents and children.