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"Callahan, who has worked as a researcher and consultant and most recently as an epidemiologist for the Naval Health Research Center, provides a resource on significant biological threats to human health, as well as those having indirect impact by destroying livestock and crops. Focusing on the US, she explores HIV, influenza, drug-resistant pathogens, tuberculosis, meningitis, malaria, hepatitis B and C, measles, and other diseases; animal diseases like mad cow disease and avian flu; threats to crops like citrus tristeza virus, late blight of potato, and bacterial wilt; human activities that have increased the risk associated with certain diseases, including overpopulation, the healthcare crisis, and global climate change; and what can be done about them. In discussing these threats, she incorporates information on popular culture, the threat level, risk factors, statistics, history, and prevention and treatment."
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"This handbook is a good starting point for undergraduate students."
"Callahan has written an engaging, readable introductory reference book on emerging infectious diseases. . . . This book will be a useful addition to reference collections on infectious diseases and public health. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates, two-year technical program students, and general readers."
"The book will be of use to educationalists at all levels, to find good, exciting and accurate information. … Science journalists will get leads and general news journalists now have a place to check before they publish. One could add politicians (or at least their advisors and script writers) to the potential audience for this book. Like the other works produced by Greenwood Press this book is easy to use. It is interesting enough to read from cover-to-cover, but it also works well as a reference book. It would be a good book for public libraries."