Endemic means a disease that is always present in a population within a geographic area, typically year-round. For example, malaria is an endemic disease in parts of Africa south of the Sahara desert.
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. 24th ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2021.
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