Mad Dogs: The New Rabies Plague

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In Mad Dogs: The New Rabies Plague, Don Finley chronicles the epidemic, the politics of response to it, and the most ambitious American attempt yet to erect a barrier against the disease - in Texas. He tells the stories of those who have been plagued by rabies, and those who have accepted the charge to end the plague. Finley's straightforward language, free of either jargon or hysteria, is a welcome approach in describing the disease's destructive effects. His rare inside look into the politics and the science of...
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Overview

In Mad Dogs: The New Rabies Plague, Don Finley chronicles the epidemic, the politics of response to it, and the most ambitious American attempt yet to erect a barrier against the disease - in Texas. He tells the stories of those who have been plagued by rabies, and those who have accepted the charge to end the plague. Finley's straightforward language, free of either jargon or hysteria, is a welcome approach in describing the disease's destructive effects. His rare inside look into the politics and the science of disease control within public bureaucracies will engross those interested in science and public health issues, pet owners and wildlife enthusiasts, and those fascinated by infectious disease threats.
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Library Journal
This account of the latest rabies epidemic in the United States and the battle to halt its spread reads like a fast-paced thriller. Finley, a newspaper medical reporter, describes the canine rabies outbreak that began in Texas in 1988 and the epidemic of raccoon rabies that swept the East Coast from Florida to New York. He also tells the story of the struggle to develop an effective rabies vaccination program in the United States. Such a program has been developed successfully in European nations, but in our country the process has been hampered by politics and side issues. The protagonists in this real-life dramascientists and public health officials who are often at odds with each otheremerge as strong characters. A gripping and informative book.Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, N.Y.
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Medical journalist Finley chronicles the canine rabies outbreak which, since 1988, has inflicted considerable human suffering in Texas; and he tells of the politics and side issues which have inhibited institution of an effective rabies vaccination program in the US. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Meet the Author

Don Finley, medical reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, has covered the rabies outbreak in South Texas from the time it was first recognized. A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, he has received numerous awards for medical and science journalism.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue 3
Ch. 1 Birth of a Plague 11
Ch. 2 The Scientist 27
Ch. 3 A Plague Spreads 52
Ch. 4 The Little Bandits 65
Ch. 5 The Foxes 77
Ch. 6 The Vac-Trap, and Other Inspirations 94
Ch. 7 Coyotes Love Watermelon 105
Ch. 8 Face on a Plague 126
Ch. 9 In the Path of a Plague 134
Ch. 10 The Bats 156
Ch. 11 Exporting a Plague 169
Ch. 12 The Drop 178
Afterword 196
App Rabies Recommendations 203
Bibliography 207
Index 209
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