incubation period

noun

Definition of incubation period 

: the period between the infection of an individual by a pathogen and the manifestation of the illness or disease it causes

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The end of the outbreak will only be officially declared when 42 days — or two incubation periods — have passed without any new cases. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Good news: the Ebola outbreak in DRC is contained," 29 June 2018 Three weeks is considered the maximum incubation period for the infection. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 Ebola’s incubation period is two to 21 days, so 42 days is the bare minimum. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Health officials cautiously optimistic dangerous Ebola outbreak is over," 21 June 2018 Typically infectious disease outbreaks are declared over when there hasn’t been a new case for two full incubation periods of the particular disease. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Health officials cautiously optimistic dangerous Ebola outbreak is over," 21 June 2018 The Women's Fund financial commitment stretches out 10 years, fully funding the program's incubation period, as well as the farm's operations to the tune of $1 million each year for the first three years, then scaling that back gradually. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "For these ex-offenders, the road to a better life runs through a farm," 18 June 2018 Those potential exposures are now no longer threats, because the incubation period has passed. Andy Marso, kansascity, "One measles outbreak down, one to go: Kansas' worst in three decades is over," 6 June 2018 Students at those two schools who aren't vaccinated were held out of classes during the 21-day incubation period per state law. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Kansas City reaches important milestone in its two measles outbreaks | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 Females are looking for drier areas for their eggs during the incubation period. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Turtle crossing: DuPage drivers need to watch out for reptiles on roads, experts say," 27 Apr. 2018

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incubation period

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Medical Definition of incubation period 

: the period between the infection of an individual by a pathogen and the manifestation of the disease it causes Mono, which has an incubation period of 30 to 50 days, characteristically announces itself with headaches, fever, sore throat, tonsillitis, and extreme fatigue.Your Health & Fitness, October/November 1986 Quarantines worked to control the SARS epidemic because SARS is much less contagious than flu and has a longer incubation period.— Christine Gorman, Time, 17 Oct. 1995

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