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An epidemic strikes the United States, plunging the country into chaos. New York Times medical reporter Denise Grady uses this terrifying scenario, taken from the pages of a U.S. government report on the potential outcome of a pandemic, as the starting point for a journey into the gripping world of emerging diseases.
In search of a better understanding of these often deadly diseases, Grady heads to Angola, the site of the 2005 Marburg virus epidemic, a disease closely related to Ebola. On the ground, and sometimes frighteningly close to victims of the disease, Denise explores the realities of health care in the developing world, and its potential effects on our own welfare.
With supplemental sidebars that explain key scientific and social issues and in-depth chapters on the origins and spread of Marburg, avian flu, HIV, SARS, West Nile virus, hantavirus, and monkeypox, this is a fascinating look at the health dangers we face in a global society.
IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library, NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade
Monday, April 11, 2005
Standing in a tent outside the AmÃ©rico Boavida Hospital in Luanda, Angola, I
peeled off my sweaty blouse and jeans and pulled on a green hospital scrub
shirt and pants. It was...