Multcolib Research Picks: Ebola
Annotation:Nobel Prize-winning immunologist Peter Doherty addresses the history of pandemics and the ones that persist today, what promotes global spread, types of pathogens and the level of threat they pose, as well as how to combat outbreaks and mitigate their effects.
Annotation:This book celebrates a group of unsung heroes, the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Since its inception in 1951, the EIS has sent officers around the world to investigate outbreaks of diseases from polio, smallpox, tuberculosis, SARS, and West Nile Virus to the bioterrorist anthrax attacks.
Annotation:This concise and intelligent look at the most deadly viral and bacterial diseases includes expert opinion on likely future outbreaks, method of contagion, identification of systems, and likelihood of survival. Includes influenza, smallpox, West Nile virus, AIDS, Ebola, SARS, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and many more.
Annotation: In the 1970s, as a young man, the author was sent to Central Africa as part of a team tasked with identifying a grisly new virus. Crossing into the quarantine zone on the most dangerous missions, he studied local customs to determine how this disease--the Ebola virus--was spreading.
Annotation:A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus.
Annotation:Originally published in the New Yorker, these essays from the author of The Hot Zone, explore his fascination with contagion and epidemic. The "panic" of the book's title refers to his own when his biohazard suit was breached and he feared he may have been exposed to one of the deadliest known viruses.
Annotation:Part of the series, Deadly Diseases and Epidemics, it provides a history of the appearance of the Ebola and Marburg viruses and details the characteristics of the Ebola virus and techniques used to research it.
Annotation:If the reality is too much, pop this thriller in the DVD player and sit back and watch Dustin Hoffman stare down an Ebola outbreak in California.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assure us that Ebola is not easily transmitted and that we are not at risk from the current outbreak in West Africa. But that doesn't mean that you don't wish to be informed. (Lee C.)