No one who survives will be reinfected. But because germs can’t live anywhere other than the human body, the disease goes away, until a new litter of human children reaches an infected age and until a person is infected. infection comes from outside carrying germs to start a new epidemic. Dog And She Lived Happily Ever After poster. A classic example of disease outbreaks is the history of measles on isolated islands in the Atlantic Ocean, called the Faeroes Islands. A serious measles epidemic spread to the Faeroes Islands in 1781 and then disappeared, after which the islands were not affected by measles again until an infected carpenter on a ship from Denmark.