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Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic
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Pardis Sabeti Lara Salahi
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Outbreak Culture: The Ebola Crisis and the Next Epidemic

Pardis Sabeti Lara Salahi


Harvard Uni.Press Academi

Personal & public health;
Health systems & services;
Infectious & contagious diseases;


256 pages

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The award-winning genetic researcher who helped tame the Ebola epidemic pairs up with a prize-winning journalist to tell the story of what happened and what would have to change to prevent the next outbreak from spiraling out of control.

At the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as thousands succumbed to the horrors of the disease, a prominent physician working in Sierra Leone, Sheikh Humarr Khan, became infected with the virus and died. As Pardis Sabeti and Lara Salahi show, much more could have been done within the medical community and among international actors not only to protect this renowned infectious disease expert but also to safeguard the well-being of his patients and others affected by this devastating disease.

Written by an award-winning genetic researcher and a tenacious journalist, Outbreak Culture examines each phase of the epidemic-the largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak to date-and identifies the factors that kept key information from reaching physicians and complicated the response to the crisis. Drawing insights from clinical workers, data collectors, organizational experts, and public health researchers, Sabeti and Salahi expose a fractured system that failed to share knowledge of the virus and ensure containment.

Secrecy, competition, and poor coordination plague nearly every major epidemic. Conducted with fearless scrutiny and unassailable expertise, this postmortem of the Ebola crisis seeks to change the culture of international responders, which has left us acutely unprepared for the next major outbreak.

By:   Pardis Sabeti, Lara Salahi
Imprint:   Harvard Uni.Press Academi
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780674976115
ISBN 10:   0674976118
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   October 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Pardis Sabeti is Professor in the Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at the Harvard School of Public Health. A member of the Harvard-MIT Broad Institute and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Sabeti was named a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, a Time magazine Person of the Year, and one of Time's 100 Most Influential. Other recognitions include the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, the NIH Innovator Award, and the Richard Lounsbery Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. Lara Salahi is an award-winning journalist and television producer for multiple outlets, including ABC News. She was part of the team at the Boston Globe awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Salahi is Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism at Endicott College.

This book, written eloquently by a journalist and a scientist, highlights many lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic. The need for transparency, collaboration, and coordination among individual actors and agencies is more important than ever.--Sylvia Blyden, former Sierra Leone Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs A heroic saga of human nature at its very best and worst. Sabeti and Salahi shed light on the fragmented and uncoordinated global response to the Ebola epidemic. All of us who respond to outbreaks now have a mandatory moral and cultural guide.--Joseph B. McCormick, coauthor of The Virus Hunters: Dispatches from the Frontline During epidemics and crises we see the best and worst of humanity. Outbreak Culture provides a thought-provoking account of the behaviors and ensuing politics that transpired throughout the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2016. This book offers important lessons, critically needed, to ensure that we are better prepared for the next epidemic.--Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine A forceful and instructive account, as passionate and heartfelt as it is learned, Outbreak Culture reveals the experience most Ebola responders had but could not name. Through laboratory data and survey responses from hundreds of individuals directly involved in the world's largest public health endeavor, Sabeti and Salahi uncover competition, sabotage, fear, blame, and disorganization bordering on chaos, features that are seen in just about any lethal epidemic.--Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health

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