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Anatomy of a Pandemic
     

Anatomy of a Pandemic

by Amber J. Keyser
 

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Sickness is a fact of everyday life. But when sickness spreads from person to person rapidly, a deadly pandemic could result. Find out the causes behind major pandemics of history such as the Spanish flu and the Bubonic plague. Then go behind the scenes to meet the people who are working hard every day to stop pandemics before they start.

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Sickness is a fact of everyday life. But when sickness spreads from person to person rapidly, a deadly pandemic could result. Find out the causes behind major pandemics of history such as the Spanish flu and the Bubonic plague. Then go behind the scenes to meet the people who are working hard every day to stop pandemics before they start.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
One in a series of six books dealing with disasters, this book discusses infectious diseases and how they are spread. If many of the people in a specific area, such as a school, are sick with the same illness at the same time health officials call it an outbreak. But if the same illness spreads beyond the specific site, it becomes an epidemic. If it jumps state and then country boundaries, the disease is classified as a pandemic. Aids and the H1N1 virus that causes it are the most notable modern day pandemic diseases. But the book also gives a brief history of earlier pandemics, such as the bubonic plague and small pox. It is an interesting read no matter what your age, with lots of scary facts and then ways to fend off these diseases. Washing one's hands after having contact with other people—even if only by touching the same door handle—can reduce the risk of getting sick. People in areas of poor sanitation should boil their water before drinking it and eat only properly cooked food. The book gives a good overview of the symptoms of diseases including illustrations of where they attack the body and what they look like. It is written a breezy, welcoming style, which will encourage even reluctant readers to read it. Part of the "Disasters" series. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429662802
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Capstone Disasters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
IG830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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