Microbe: Are We Ready for the Next Plague?

Microbe: Are We Ready for the Next Plague?

by Alan Zelicoff, Michael Bellomo
     
 

"As the human population explodes and globalization continues, diseases can spread from one country to another as fast as an airplane can fly. Whether a virus is unintentionally released via our modern transportation system, or deliberately by terrorists, even a small scale biological ""event"" could have a

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Overview

"As the human population explodes and globalization continues, diseases can spread from one country to another as fast as an airplane can fly. Whether a virus is unintentionally released via our modern transportation system, or deliberately by terrorists, even a small scale biological ""event"" could have a profound effect on our society. Yet our current public health system is completely unprepared to detect and respond quickly enough to avert a disease-related crisis.

Microbe does more than detail the threats that face us today. Containing riveting accounts of barely averted catastrophes (including outbreaks of West Nile virus, SARS, and hantavirus), the book examines the disjointed, ineffective system we all rely upon to keep us alive and healthy. More important, the book presents a solution to stop outbreaks and minimize the impact of an epidemic.

Illustrated with two hypothetical stories (an outbreak of bird flu in Southern California and a bioterrorism attack in Denver) Microbe looks at the potential effects of health disasters -- and offers practical steps to stop them in their tracks."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814408650
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Table of Contents

"Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Birds That Fell From the Sky -- West Nile Virus

Chapter 2: A Corona of Death -- SARS

Chapter 3: The Arroyo Muerte -- Sin Nombre Hantavirus

Chapter 4: Outbreaks, Reservoirs and Dead End Hosts

Chapter 5: Shards of Glass in the Brain -- Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow)

Chapter 6: Out of the Shadows -- Legionella Pneumophila (Legionnaire’s Disease)

Chapter 7: An Ill Wind -- Smallpox

Chapter 8: Natural Born Killers --Why Some Germs Stay Bad

Chapter 9: Something in the Water - Cholera, Cryptosporidiosis

Chapter 10: When Hours Count - but Days Don't Matter - Anthrax

Chapter 11 Pronouncing the Patient CURED

Chapter 12: Project BIOWATCH - Plague Vials Vanish in Texas

Chapter 13: A New Weapon in the Fight

Chapter 14: Gold Nuggets and Influenza Vaccines -- DNA-based vaccines

Chapter 15: Three Ounces of Prevention -- Scenarios involving Avian Bird Flu, Bioterrorism using Smallpox

Chapter 16: Into a Crystal Ball, Darkly...

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Letter to Lev Sandhakchiev"

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