Outbreak Investigations Around the World

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Jones & Bartlett Learning, Oct 22, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 456 pages
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Outbreak Investigations Around the World is a collection of 19 case studies - some never before published - that uncover the details of actual infectious disease outbreaks from within the U.S. and around the world. Each case study is retold by the investigator who recalls the critical issues considered along the way. Investigators share valuable lessons learned, providing exceptional and unique educational value to each of the chapters.Some of the most interesting investigations included in the text are: Legionnaires' pneumonia in Philadelphia, The beginning of the AIDS epidemic, The anthrax investigations in New York City, A cluster of pork tapeworm infections in Orthodox Jews, An Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Africa, A syphilis outbreak associated with an internet chat room, and A deadly hepatitis B outbreak in an Israeli hospital. Ideal as a primary or complementary text for courses in epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, microbiology, or emergency preparedness, these case studies will bring to life the classic functions of field epidemiology and the application of epidemiological methods to unexpected health problems that require fast, on-site investigation and timely intervention. This text could also serve as a valuable reference for public health investigators and officials seeking insight and review of this critical area of epidemiology.

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This is an exceptional book, not only for the aspiring epidemiologist, but for the curious historian. It is a book that can be read by anyone as it has great story telling. For the outbreak chasers, it offers sound demonstrations of the steps that unfold during an outbreak investigation. Looking forward to the next publication. 


Chapter 1 How an Outbreak is Investigated
Chapter 2 Leptospirosis at the Bubbles
Chapter 3 Cholera for a Dime
Investigation of an Outbreak of a New Disease
Chapter 5 The Investigation of Toxic Shock Syndrome in Wisconsin 19791980 and Beyond
A Personal Perspective
A Pseudooutbreak of Amebiasis in Los Angeles County
Chaper 8 Measles Among Religiously Exempt Persons
Arriving at a Biologically Plausible Hypothesis
Chapter 13 The Massive Waterborne Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Infections Milwaukee Wisconsin 1993
Chapter 14 A Community Outbreak of Hepatitis A Involving Cooperation Between Public Health the Media and Law Enforcement Iowa 1997
Chapter 15 Tracking a Syphilis Outbreak Through Cyberspace
The Story of the New York City Department of Health 2001 Anthrax Investigation
Chaos to Control
Chapter 18 Whipping Whooping Cough in Rock Island County Illinois
Chapter 19 Emergency Yellow Fever Mass Vaccination in PostCivil War Liberia

Chapter 9 An Outbreak of Fulminant Hepatitis B in a Medical Ward in Israel
Chapter 10 What Went Wrong? An Ancient Recipe Associated with Botulism in Modern Egypt
Chapter 11 Controlling an Outbreak of Shigellosis with a CommunityWide Intervention in Lexington Kentucky
CH20 A Mumps Epidemic Iowa 2006

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Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health

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