Pulsus Pandemicus

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A pulsus pandemicus is any pulse that may herald the worldwide spread of a major disease.[1] It is the one of the few pulses where, if detected, an emergent infectious diseases consult is warranted. A pulsus pandemicus is exceedingly rare. The last pulsus pandemicus was detected on clinical exam by a nurse in Brazil, which eventually predicted the Zika outbreak of 2015-16.

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