Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites / Alexandra M. Levitt, PhD ; foreword by Donald R. Hopkins, MD, MPH, Vice President, Health Programs, The Carter Center.

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  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Recounts the scientific adventures of a group of individuals who, part homicide detectives, part physicians, investigate infectious outbreaks around the world, discovering the truth behind unexplained deaths and alarming headlines.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-222).
    • ISBN:
      9781626360358 : HRD
      1626360359 : HRD
    • Accession Number:
      bl2013038205
    • Accession Number:
      fay.393098
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LEVITT, A. M. Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites. [s. l.]: Skyhorse Publishing, 2013. ISBN 9781626360358. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098. Acesso em: 21 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Levitt AM. Deadly Outbreaks : How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites. Skyhorse Publishing; 2013. Accessed October 21, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098
    • APA:
      Levitt, A. M. (2013). Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites. Skyhorse Publishing.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Levitt, Alexandra M. 2013. Deadly Outbreaks : How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites. Skyhorse Publishing. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098.
    • Harvard:
      Levitt, A. M. (2013) Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites. Skyhorse Publishing. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098 (Accessed: 21 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Levitt, AM 2013, Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites, Skyhorse Publishing, viewed 21 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Levitt, Alexandra M. Deadly Outbreaks : How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites. Skyhorse Publishing, 2013. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Levitt, Alexandra M. Deadly Outbreaks : How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites. Skyhorse Publishing, 2013. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Levitt AM. Deadly outbreaks : how medical detectives save lives threatened by killer pandemics, exotic viruses, and drug-resistant parasites [Internet]. Skyhorse Publishing; 2013 [cited 2020 Oct 21]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.393098

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2013 September #1

Always be ready for the unexpected could be a motto for epidemiologists. And the unexpected might be a link between lots of dead birds and a cluster of patients with encephalitis, or a connection between the brains of slaughtered hogs and multiple ­employees experiencing muscle weakness. Levitt reviews seven medical mysteries that appeared between 1976 and 2007 and reports on the lessons learned. Some of these outbreaks are familiar: Legionnaires' disease in Philadelphia in 1976, hantavirus in the Four Corners region in 1993, and West Nile virus in New York City in 1999. Other difficult-to-solve cases described in the book include a salmonella scare due to contaminated ice cream in Minnesota, drug-resistant malaria in a Cambodian refugee camp, suspicious deaths in a Toronto children's hospital, and progressive inflammatory neuropathy (nerve damage) afflicting workers in a Minnesota meatpacking plant. Levitt, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control, portrays epidemiologists as disease detectives who tirelessly hunt for clues and excel at deductive reasoning. Even Sherlock Holmes would be proud of this astute group of professionals. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2013 November #1

Health scientist Levitt (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention [CDC]) is equipped to inform, drafting as she does case studies of microbe outbreaks for a living. In this collection of informative case studies, she describes many outbreaks, from that of salmonella nationwide in 1994 to that of the West Nile virus in New York in 1999. The book features a mix of descriptive writing and fascinating facts. For instance, Legionnaires' disease (LD) is "a disease of modern technology" since the pathogenic group Legionella in natural settings—waterfalls, lakes—does not cause illness. Only when it is concentrated in stagnant, artificially hot waters does it prompt sickness. Startlingly, in 1977, the medical detective who determined LD's cause was told that his find was "an anachronism," as "all significant microbes had already been discovered." The CDC was subsequently underfunded to make way for Richard Nixon's war on cancer, only to be hit with 30 new pathogens causing diseases such as AIDS, SARS, and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. VERDICT Levitt's pace and writing are too workmanlike for a general audience, but this is a compelling read for anyone who's considering a public health career.—Cynthia Fox, Brooklyn

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