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Outbreaks and Epidemics

Battling infection from measles to coronavirus

Meera Senthilingam



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01 June 2020
Mathematics & Sciences; Popular science; Biology, life sciences
Series: Hot Science
For centuries mankind has waged war against the infections that, left untreated, would have the power to wipe out communities, or even entire populations. Yet for all our advanced scientific knowledge, only one human disease - smallpox - has ever been eradicated globally.

In recent years, outbreaks of Ebola and Zika have provided vivid examples of how difficult it is to contain an infection once it strikes, and the panic that a rapidly spreading epidemic can ignite.

But while we chase the diseases we are already aware of, new ones are constantly emerging, initiating a new race to identify them. At the same time, antimicrobial resistance is harnessing infections that we once knew how to control, enabling them to thrive once more.

Meera Senthilingam presents a timely look at humanity's ongoing battle against infection, examining the successes and failures of the past, along with how we are confronting the challenges of today, and our chances of eradicating disease in the future.
By:   Meera Senthilingam
Imprint:   Icon Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781785785634
ISBN 10:   178578563X
Series:   Hot Science
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   01 June 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Meera Senthilingam is a journalist, editor and public health researcher specialising in global health and infectious disease. She has worked with media outlets including the BBC and the New York Times and research institutions including the LSHTM and the Wellcome Trust. She is currently the International Health Editor for CNN.

Reviews for Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling infection from measles to coronavirus

For those panicked or puzzled by the current pandemic... [a] book that couldn't be more timely, providing an accessible introduction to epidemiology. * Kirkus * '[A] compelling overview' * The Spectator *

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