Cute, Furry, and Deadly: Diseases You Can Catch from Your Pet!

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Hopefully, the worst thing your pet ever comes home with is bad breath. But some furry friends can carry nasty germs. That's where zoonotic disease researchers come in. They investigate and stop diseases that come from animals-before these nasty diseases get you. Want to know more? Claw your way through this book and read about: what germs pets can carry-and what these germs can do to you; how a unique pet passed on an unusual disease; the tools and equipment zoonotic disease researchers use to fight illnesses; ...
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Overview

Hopefully, the worst thing your pet ever comes home with is bad breath. But some furry friends can carry nasty germs. That's where zoonotic disease researchers come in. They investigate and stop diseases that come from animals-before these nasty diseases get you. Want to know more? Claw your way through this book and read about: what germs pets can carry-and what these germs can do to you; how a unique pet passed on an unusual disease; the tools and equipment zoonotic disease researchers use to fight illnesses; and whether you might have a future in zoonotic diseases.
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AGERANGE: Ages 11 to 14.

A splashy tabloid-style presentation, including gross and disgusting photographs, will attract curious young teens who will be unable to resist this series. Both titles have identical formats, including a "warning" to readers about disturbing content that will, of course, make most teens want to read on. The heart of both books can be found in the "true-life cases." In Tilden's book on infectious diseases, readers can find out about a middle-aged man in California who almost died from necrotizing fasciitis. In Brownlee's book Cute, Furry and Deadly, they will read about a girl who got monkeypox from her pet prairie dog and a kitten that almost caused an outbreak of rabies in Maryland. Each book also includes career information, resources (including Web sites and books), a historical section with key dates, and an author's note. Readers will find factual substance in the midst of the sensationalism, but this series succeeds mostly at piquing teens' interest rather than delivering enough content for homework or research. The slightly hysterical tone of the series, which also offers books on blood suckers, worms, bird flu, and more, might also be needlessly alarming to some youth. With these limits in mind, this series is a great pick for reluctant readers, busy teens, and anyone looking for a fun (if somewhat frightening) nonfiction read. Reviewer: Amy Luedtke
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)

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Table of Contents


Medical 411
Animal Talk: Overheard in the Hospital     8
What's Living on Your Pet? See for Yourself     10
The Medical Team: Who's Who?     12
True-Life Case Files!
The Case of the Puzzling Prairie Dog
The Case of the Killer Kitten
The Case of the Fearful Festival
Medical Download
Key Dates in the History of Zoonotic Disease: Flashback     46
In the News: Ripped from the Headlines     48
Zoonotic Toolbox: Real Stuff     50
Help Wanted: Dermatologist/Informatician: Careers     52
Yellow Pages
Resources     56
Dictionary     59
Index     62
Author's Note     64
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