No Germs Allowed: How to Avoid Infectious Diseases at Home and on the Road / Edition 2

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The revised and expanded edition of this classic guide explains what you need to know to keep the germs away - from the infections of daily life, like the common cold and traveler's diarrhea, to dangerous, rare diseases such as plague, hantavirus, and invasive strep bacteria, to recent threats of mad cow disease, West Nile virus, SARS, and bioterrorism.
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Much has been published recently about the continuing danger of infectious disease despite the availability of antibiotics. This work, by a practicing physician specializing in infectious disease, concentrates on preventing the more common problems. He groups infections in general categories: infections of daily living, like urinary tract infections; infections from the environment, like food poisoning; and infections contracted from others, like tuberculosis and HIV. A particularly unusual and useful category offers advice for those with unique risks, e.g., those who have HIV, are pregnant, or are in a hospital. Illustrations and tables, such as lists of risk factors, are included, as is a list of recommended vaccinations. A useful, well-written guide to avoiding infection, this is not intended to provide treatment information; libraries might also want to consider Phyllis Stoffman's The Family Guide to Preventing and Treating 100 Infectious Diseases (LJ 7/95), which provides detailed information about risks, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care for 100 infectious diseases.Marit MacArthur, Auraria Lib., Denver, Col.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813535326
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 848
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, chicken pox, malaria, Lyme disease, salmonella, strep throat—no matter where you go, where you live, you are at risk from infectious disease. But you can protect yourself and your family!

In easy-to-understand, reader-friendly language, with lots of true case histories, helpful charts, checklists, and resources to turn to, Dr. Winkler G. Weinberg tells you what you need to know to keep the germs away.

From the infectious of daily life, like the common cold and traveler's diarrhea, to the dangerous, rare diseases like plague, hantavirus, and invasive strep bacteria, this unique guide tells you:

  • * your chances of getting sick
  • * simple precautions you can take
  • * which vaccinations and shots are worthwhile
  • * which diseases you should really worry about
  • * how to avoid catching infections in the hospital
  • * special precautions to take if you are pregnant
  • * how to ward off infections even though you have chronic health problems or you are HIV+
  • * how to keep well while traveling
  • * what remedies to take with you
  • * what to eat--and not eat--on the road
  • * symptoms that signal trouble
  • * what illnesses you can get from bug-bites and animals
  • * how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
  • * who should get flu shots and why
  • * why you should see your doctor before you get sick.

Tuck this compact book in your traveling bag or keep it close to the medicine chest. It just might save you life!
&#151From the back cover.

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Table of Contents

1 The common cold 11
2 Strep throat and other strep infections 16
3 Urinary tract infections 27
4 Infections of the skin 32
5 Lyme disease and other tickborne infections 45
6 Food poisoning 57
7 Health hazards of travel 78
8 Pneumonia and Legionnaires' disease 107
9 Tuberculosis 125
10 Sexually transmitted diseases 139
11 Hepatitis 153
12 HIV infection and AIDS 164
13 Special persons and special situations 183
14 How to avoid infections if you have HIV 202
15 If you are pregnant 226
16 In the hospital 245
17 Emerging infections 257
18 Bioterrorism 270
App. A Vaccination schedules 277
App. B Antibiotics to prevent infective endocarditis 285
App. C Rabies 286
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