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Cholera

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Cholera thrives in unclean water and is a leading killer in areas where sanitation is scarce. It is one of the oldest known and best understood diseases to plague humankind, and this understanding has led to the development of both low-tech precautions and advanced medical treatments to combat this infection. Cholera, Second Edition, traces the history of this disease and describes the bacterium that causes cholera. This revised edition contains new illustrations, information on the genetic analysis of Vibrio ...
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Overview

Cholera thrives in unclean water and is a leading killer in areas where sanitation is scarce. It is one of the oldest known and best understood diseases to plague humankind, and this understanding has led to the development of both low-tech precautions and advanced medical treatments to combat this infection. Cholera, Second Edition, traces the history of this disease and describes the bacterium that causes cholera. This revised edition contains new illustrations, information on the genetic analysis of Vibrio cholerae bacteria, and the latest rapid diagnostic testing techniques.

Experts in the field of microbiology tell the great "detective stories" of how some of the world's best-known deadly disease-causing microbes were first isolated, identified, and studied. Readers learn how these deadly viruses and bacteria cause disease and what steps have been taken to eradicate them. Seven large waves of the debilitating disease cholera have spread through the world since 1800, with a mortality rate of up to 50% in areas lacking adequate medical resources. The most recent wave of cholera still affects a significant population of Africans.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 10 Up-With all of the talk of bioterrorism and weapons of mass destruction, diseases seem to be foremost on people's minds, especially those of publishers. These books examine the history, causes, symptoms, epidemics, and treatments of their respective diseases. The information is carefully documented. Cholera is better suited for advanced biology students than for teens doing simple research on the topic as it is written like a college textbook, delving into the virulence and the genome of Vibrio cholerae. It will prove daunting for most high school students. Anthrax is written in a more user-friendly fashion. There is a pronunciation guide for difficult words, and researchers will find the information more understandable. Advanced students will still be able to use the book, but it is more accessible to a wider audience than Cholera. Both volumes have full-color photos and reproductions of X rays and micrographs, charts, diagrams, and other useful visuals.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604132328
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Deadly Diseases and Epidemics Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 142
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword David Heymann 6

1 Discovering Cholera 8

2 Properties of Vibrio cholerae 20

3 Dr. Snow and Cholera 33

4 Transmission and Epidemiology of Cholera 44

5 Signs and Symptoms of Cholera 57

6 The Virulence of Vibrio cholerae 67

7 The Genome of Vibrio cholerae 77

8 Treatments for Cholera 89

9 Prevention 100

10 Cholera Today 112

Notes 120

Glossary 123

Bibliography 130

Further Resources 134

Index 136

About the Author 142

About the Consulting Editor 142

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