Emerging Biological Threats: A Reference Guide

Emerging Biological Threats: A Reference Guide

by Joan R. Callahan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313372098

ISBN-13: 9780313372094

Pub. Date: 12/23/2009

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

An engaging, nontechnical discussion of the infectious diseases and other biological threats that pose the highest risk to humans, presented in the context of relevant environmental and sociological trends.

• Dozens of photographs plus illustrated figures convey important concepts and data

• 74 case studies demonstrate the real threat of certain

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Overview

An engaging, nontechnical discussion of the infectious diseases and other biological threats that pose the highest risk to humans, presented in the context of relevant environmental and sociological trends.

• Dozens of photographs plus illustrated figures convey important concepts and data

• 74 case studies demonstrate the real threat of certain biological agents by focusing on true stories

• Provides section-by-section reference lists, including peer-reviewed journals, press releases, books, and websites

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313372094
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/23/2009
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Public Health: A Short History 2

Koch and His Postulates 2

Hazard, Threat, and Risk 2

Outbreaks, Epidemics, and Pandemics 6

What Is Popular Culture? 6

More Definitions 6

So How Bad Is It? 6

2 Five Big Ones 9

HIV Disease and AIDS 9

Malaria 18

Tuberculosis 25

Influenza 32

Hepatitis B and C 40

3 Five More (and Complications) 49

Measles 49

Dysenteries and Enteric Fevers 55

Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever 63

Bad Bugs and Miracle Drugs 69

Emerging Diseases 76

What about Pneumonia? 86

What about Meningitis and Encephalitis? 92

Conclusion 101

4 Food Insecurity 103

What about Bees? 103

Mad Cow Disease 104

Foot-and-Mouth Disease 109

Anthrax 113

Rinderpest 117

Heartwater 120

Classical Swine Fever 124

Blue-Ear Pig Disease 128

Newcastle Disease 132

Avian Influenza 136

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder 141

Conclusion 146

5 Food Insecurity, Continued 147

Citrus Tristeza Virus 147

Bacterial Wilt 156

Southern Corn Leaf Blight 160

Citrus Canker 163

Late Blight of Potato 167

Soybean Rust 171

Witches' Broom Disease 174

Phoma Stem Canker 178

Asian Soybean Aphid 182

Locusts 186

Conclusion: One to Grow On 190

6 Making Things Worse 193

Too Many Babies: Overpopulation 193

Too Much Carbon: Global Climate Change 199

Not Enough Food: Famine, Pestilence, Destruction, and Death 204

Too Much Food: Metabolic Syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes 208

Too Many Sick People: The Healthcare Crisis 212

Too Many Angry People: Bioterrorism 217

Too Many Experts: The Bogus Health Industry 222

Too Many Drugs: Substance Abuse 227

Too Much UV: Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Revisited 231

Too Many Cooks: Environmental Management Issues 235

Conclusion 241

7 Fighting Back 243

Pt. 1 Balking the Enemy's Plans 244

Pt. 2 Preventing the Junction of the Enemy's Forces 256

Pt. 3 Attacking the Enemy's Army in the Field 272

Pt. 4 Besieging Walled Cities 284

Postscript: Making Friends 297

Index 299

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