mass sociogenic illness


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mass sociogenic illness

n.
An illness occurring in a group of people with a shared social setting, such as a school, workplace, or military group, and characterized by a usually rapid onset and symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, fainting, headache, or skin rash.
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The precise medical term is "mass sociogenic illness" and it is most common among mass religious gatherings.
This mass sociogenic illness also was seen in Manila, Philippines, on October 3, 2001, when 1,000 students went to health clinics because they mistook cold symptoms for bioterrorism symptoms after a rumor of a bioterrorist incident (Wessely et al.).
He and colleagues at the University of Leuven believe many features of the outbreak point to mass sociogenic illness - MSI.