Malaria: Super Killer!

Malaria: Super Killer!

by Stephen Person
     
 

In February 2008, Dawn Dubsky had just returned to Chicago, Illinois, from a vacation in Ghana. She was feeling sick and weak. As a nurse, she knew that malaria was a threat in the African country. Still, she had decided not to take the medicine that could help protect her from the terrible disease, which kills more than a million people each year. It turned out to

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In February 2008, Dawn Dubsky had just returned to Chicago, Illinois, from a vacation in Ghana. She was feeling sick and weak. As a nurse, she knew that malaria was a threat in the African country. Still, she had decided not to take the medicine that could help protect her from the terrible disease, which kills more than a million people each year. It turned out to be the most dangerous decision of Dawn's life.

Look inside to find out more about Dawn and other people at risk of becoming infected with malaria. You'll also discover what causes this dangerous illness, how it affects the body, and-most important-how to protect yourself from it in the first place.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Deadly germs have caused worldwide epidemics for thousands of years. These plagues killed millions of people. Bearport Publishing uses first person accounts, maps, and dramatic photographs to show how six of these diseases have spread and been treated. This book covers malaria. This disease is spread by mosquito bites. A contents page shows the scope of the information which includes a historical look at malaria. This disease is usually brought to the United States by travelers from Africa or Asia who contracted the disease in those countries. Mosquito nets, medicines, and insecticides are being used worldwide to wipe out this super killer. April 25th is designated as World Malaria Day. This emphasis will heighten awareness of this terrible killer disease. A listing of "Famous Malaria Outbreaks" cites the years and locations of outbreaks of the past. "Malaria Facts" provide a definitive look at malaria: Malaria Prevention; What to Do, and Tracking Malaria Today. The language is age appropriate with a glossary defining the medical terms. Sections titled "Bibliography," "Read More," and "Learn More Online" provide options for further research. An index provides easy navigation through the text. The topics in the series take a singular approach to each disease, but contribute to the larger concept of deadly diseases. Statistics, scientific facts, and public health breakthroughs are presented for each illness. This book is part of the "Nightmare Plague Series" which also include: The Flu of 1918: Millions Dead Worldwide!; Bubonic Plague: The Black Death!; Smallpox: Is It Over?; Tuberculosis: The White Plague!; and Typhoid Fever: Dirty Food, Dirty Water! Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936088072
Publisher:
Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Series:
Nightmare Plagues Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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