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Outbreaks and Epidemics: Battling Infection from Measles to Coronavirus

Icon. (Hot Science). Apr. 2020. 176p. ISBN 9781785785634. pap. $15.95. MED
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Senthilingam, a journalist with experience covering global health and infectious diseases, lays out a concise and informative overview of outbreaks and epidemics and describes how infections such as measles and the coronavirus are discovered and how they are treated. With an engaging writing style, the author aims to demonstrate the challenges public health workers face when recognizing, containing, and treating the relentless diseases afflicting humans, especially those that are less common. This is more than a regurgitation of facts; it’s a fascinating history of how infectious diseases are recognized, how they spread, and how mitigation efforts are developed and executed across the world. The inclusion of definitions for key concepts in the field of public health are helpful and contribute to the work’s usefulness, particularly for those with less health care knowledge. Timely and informative, this work effectively demonstrates the impact disease has on global health teams and the people they endlessly work to protect.
VERDICT Of considerable interest to anyone who wishes to learn about infections, how they spread, and how they are managed. Required reading for anyone new to learning about issues of public health.

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