Of Mice, Men, and Microbes: Hantavirus / Edition 1

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Overview

In May, 1993, a lethal disease brought the attention of the world to the southwestern deserts of the United States. That year, against the harsh backdrop of the red deserts, the previously unknown disease was to kill 60% of its victims. What came out of the fierce struggle to find and control this new disease was the story of a virus that had been killing since humans arrived on the American continents.
It is still out there, and still killing.
The story of the disease-what has happened since that first outbreak and what the real risks are-is told by an experienced professional scientist writing with an award-winning journalist living and working in the area of that first outbreak.
Fully illustrated with stunning color photographs, the book also contains full CDC guidelines for prevention and sources of further current outbreak information.

Audience: Virologists, infectious disease clinicians and researchers, and other life scientists, as well as interested laypersons; also, those currently living in and researching the Four Corners area.

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Editorial Reviews

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:"...In their clearly written book, Of Mice, Men, and Microbes: Hantavirus, Harper and Meyer examine the history of identification of hantaviruses and describe the pathogenesis of the illnesses they cause and their worldwide influence... Readers will finish the book realizing that no infections are new; it is only our recognition of the causes that is new. Readers will also realize that disease and epidemics follow chance encounters among men, mice and associated microbes. Despite their focus on hantaviruses, the authors take readers on a journey to understand the origin and biology of viruses, the coevolution of viruses and their hosts, and humans' fear of new outbreaks and their eventual conquest with new knowledge... anyone interested in hantaviruses will find that this book tells a very complete story. The host, agent, vector, geography,climate, psychology, and cultural responses of the people who are infected are all described. There is much to learn.
—Richard Wenzel, M.D., in NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (March 2000)
"An essential book of those interested in emerging diseases."
—P.C. Radich, University of Indianapolis, in CHOICE (2000)
"The authors, one a scientist, the other a journalist, have produced an excellent read for the expert and non-expert alike."
—R.C. Spencer in JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL CHEMOTHERAPY (1999)
New England Journal of Medicine
...anyone interested in hantaviruses will find that this book tells a very complete story. The host, agent, vector, geography, climate, psychology, and cultural responses of the people who are infected are all described. There is much to learn.
Booknews
Written for a general readership, this narrative recounts events surrounding the 1993 outbreak of a killer virus in the southwestern United States, explains how the Sin Nombre hantavirus was identified, and discusses what's happened since then with regard to that virus. Interspersed is more general information about hantaviruses around the world and an overview of what is known (and not known) about viruses and how to stop them. The authors' credentials are not noted, but they've done a credible job of assembling and presenting information in an effort to increase the general population's understanding of virus and disease. Some color distribution maps and photos enhance the text. Appendixes include details of how to avoid the virus (getting rid of mice), and books and websites for further information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123264602
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David R. Harper is currently a Lecturer in Molecular Virology at St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London Medical and Dental School. He has worked with viruses since leaving college in 1981, and has authored three textbooks and one laboratory manual. He has also worked as Research Director for Biocontrol Ltd., and has a wide range of teaching experience.

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Table of Contents

The Heart of America/The Middle of Nowhere.
An Outbreak of Fear.
Unravelling the Mystery.
Putting the Puzzle Together.
Of Mice and Men.
At Last, a Plan.
Hantaviruses: Out of Asia.
Other Hantaviruses.
Three Billion Years.
On the Origin of Viruses.
Changes, Concealment, and Trojan Horses.
Cousins.
What We Know.
How to Stop a Virus.
Outbreaks.
Appendix A: Center for Disease Control Guidelines on Prevention of HPS.
Appendix B: Sources of Further Information.
Appendix C: Abbreviations.
Index.

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