Zika: The Emerging Epidemic

Zika: The Emerging Epidemic

by Donald G. McNeil


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Zika: The Emerging Epidemic by Donald G. McNeil

A gripping narrative about the origins and spread of the Zika virus by New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr.Until recently, Zika—once considered a mild disease—was hardly a cause for global panic. But as early as August 2015, doctors in northeast Brazil began to notice a trend: many mothers who had recently experienced symptoms of the Zika virus were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a serious disorder characterized by unusually small heads and brain damage.By early 2016, Zika was making headlines as evidence mounted—and eventually confirmed—that microcephaly is caused by the virus, which can be contracted through mosquito bites or sexually transmitted.The first death on American soil, in February 2016, was confirmed in Puerto Rico in April. The first case of microcephaly in Puerto Rico was confirmed on May 13, 2016. The virus has been known to be transmitted by the Aedes aegypti or Yellow Fever mosquito, but now Aedes albopictus, the Asian Tiger mosquito, has been found to carry it as well, which means it might affect regions as far north as New England and the Great Lakes. Right now, at least 298 million people in the Americas live in areas “conducive to Zika transmission,” according to a recent study. Over the next year, more than 5 million babies will be born.In Zika: The Emerging Epidemic, Donald G. McNeil Jr. sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika’s origins, how it’s spreading, the race for a cure, and what we can do to protect ourselves now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353969
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/05/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 777,468
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science reporter covering plagues and pestilences for The New York Times, where he began work as a copy boy in 1976. He is a former Africa correspondent and has reported from fifty-five countries.

Table of Contents

1 The Doença Misteriosa 13

2 The Origins of the Virus 17

3 On the Move 37

4 The World Hears 51

5 My First Brush 57

6 Fast And Furious 77

7 Sexual Transmission 91

8 New York's First Case 101

9 The Rumors 107

10 The Proof 125

11 Delaying Pregnancy 133

12 The Future 159

13 Questions and Answers 175

Notes 187

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SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
In light of all the recent news circulating about Zika, I thought this would be an interesting and informative summer read. I found the book to be extremely easy to read and understand, even though I do not have a medical background. I was fascinated by all the information it contained, but I also enjoyed the author's flair held within its pages.