An ordinary blue thermos holding blood samples from a sick nun in Zaire reached Belgium's Institute of Tropical Medicine in September 1976. From the samples, researchers discovered a new virus, which they named the Ebola virus after a river in Central Africa. The virus killed two hundred eighty people before it seemingly disappeared into the jungle. No one suspected the viAn ordinary blue thermos holding blood samples from a sick nun in Zaire reached Belgium's Institute of Tropical Medicine in September 1976. From the samples, researchers discovered a new virus, which they named the Ebola virus after a river in Central Africa. The virus killed two hundred eighty people before it seemingly disappeared into the jungle. No one suspected the virus would erupt in West Africa nearly four decades later to cause an unprecedented epidemic. Ebola has riveted--and terrified--the world since its reemergence from the jungle, killing more than eleven thousand people in West Africa since December 2013. Transmitted through bodily fluids--blood, saliva, sweat, vomit, feces, and semen--the disease causes high fever, widespread pain, nausea and vomiting, and severe diarrhea. Patients may develop dangerous bleeding and organ failure. With no effective treatment available, about 40 percent of infected people die within days. Using proper protective gear, safe burial protocols, cleansing techniques, and educational outreach, the disease has been slowed in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone--at least temporarily. Can researchers develop vaccines quickly enough to prevent new outbreaks? Will Ebola move beyond West Africa? Readers will hear from Ebola survivors, learn what experts say about this devastating disease, and draw their own conclusions about whether another epidemic can be prevented....
|Title||:||The Ebola Epidemic: The Fight, the Future|
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The Ebola Epidemic: The Fight, the Future Reviews
I really liked this book because it covered a lot of information on the history of Ebola, but also the 2014-15 outbreak. This is a great book for someone wanting to learn more about what is known about Ebola, but it also has inserted subject boxes that cover things like the differences between an outbreak, endemic, epidemic and pandemic or "what is a zoonosis?" which gives examples of different diseases that are zoonoses. This book is classified as "young adult" at my library, which I think appropriate, but as an adult I still found it interesting and informative.
"The Ebola Epidemic: The Fight, the Future" is a well written and researched informational text for readers around the ages of 12 t0 18. Only a few years ago, The Ebola Epidemic in West Africa killed more than eleven thousand people. This book spans the history of ebola and takes the reader through the emotions, triumphs and challenges, fatalities of the recent ebola epidemic and other outbreaks. The end of the book emphasizes the future, and the optimisitc new research towards ebola medication and treatment and progress the world has made in dealing with a global health crisis. Even if you may not be interested in ebola, I found that this book has the power to accurately portray how the world responds to a fast spreading deadly disease where health organizations, governments and people have to work together from vastly different cultures and places, where their beliefs may conflict. The reader may learn that in times of crisis where quick decision making must be made in life or death situations, people may have to step outside their comfort zone and realm of beliefs and culture to solve the problem at hand. The author first writes about how Ebola was discovered, then gives the reader an informative scientific explanation about virus' and how they spread, what it is like to have ebola, and the process of contact tracing, a way to keep a disease from spreading. This book will show you how personal protection plays a key role in stopping ebola, how they properly bury ebola victims, including how religious burial practices must write new instructions, such as new guidelines for Christian and Muslim burials. Further, the author addresses how Ebola affected society as a whole, such as the economy, and what Ebola was like in the united States, including the issues with Ebola in the media. I highly recommend this book and give it five stars because the book's pictures, text and access features all work together to help younger readers understand and appropriately learn about such as complex and grim subject matter. By the end, you will learn a lot more than what you can do in your own research online, and it will be interesting to learn how Ebola might not be a big issue in the future because of the new vaccines.This informational text is high quality children's literature overall because the author takes a serious and gory topic and transforms it into a young adult book that is appropriate for classrooms, and middle school children. The information is unbiased as the author considers criticism and other viewpoints in most chapters. For example, in chapter five the author was writing that limiting travel and quarantine methods could help keep ebola from spreading. Yet, she presents a counter argument saying that doctors in WHO disagree that stopping travel is the solution to the outbreak. I love how the author uses so many sources and includes a multitude of opinions, such as viewpoints from the CDC, state governments, presidential commissions and African health clinics, which makes this informational text more accurate. The content of this book also discusses ebola from many different angles from the media perspective shown on the news stations, to doctors who have dealt with ebola patients in person. The content is also appropriate for younger children because the language is not vulgar and the images presented are not as graphic as some of the images online. The style is factual and it flows well. Although viruses can be scientifically complex, anyone without a science background may understand because the author breaks up complex information into simple organized paragraphs and concise sentences. The most engaging feature of the book is it's access features which include photographs with complete captions, a glossary, index, colored headings and sub-headings, quotes, index and over ninety-two end notes, as well as a page with further information if the reader needs to do more research. With access features such as the glossary, less experienced readers may be able to understand the text by looking up a term they do not know and finding it in the back of the book. Due to the accuracy of content, and the wide variety of sources the author used, as well as the inviting manner of the book, "The Ebola Epidemic" is a high quality informational text that I would recommend.
This is a clear and insightful book about the Ebola virus. Though written for older children and teens, adults will also find it a great resource. Goldsmith covers what the virus is, the current understanding of where it originated, the devastating outbreak in West Africa, the international response, new treatments, and what might happen in the future. Goldsmith does a great job of giving the facts, and her compassion for the heath care workers and the patients and families of victims shines through. Highly recommended.
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