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Ebola : profile of a killer virus

Author: Dorothy H Crawford
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"First discovered in 1976, and long regarded as an easily manageable virus affecting isolated rural communities, Ebola rocketed to world prominence in 2014 as a deadly epidemic swept through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia in West Africa. Thousands of people died as the extraordinarily contagious disease spread rapidly from villages to urban centres. Initial quarantine responses proved often too little and too  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dorothy H Crawford
ISBN: 9780198759997 0198759991
OCLC Number: 966175030
Description: xiii, 204 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: When disaster strikes : the first Ebola outbreak --
Ebola : the virus and the disease --
Ebola : the years after Yambuku --
Ebola strikes West Africa : the catastrophic events of 2014 --
Ebola epidemic : the fight back --
Ebola epidemic : the endgame --
2014 Ebola epidemic : where, when, and how? --
Preventing Ebola --
Lessons learned.
Responsibility: Dorothy H. Crawford.

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Ebola is a compelling account of the recent terrible epidemic which swept through West Africa. Why did it spread; what was the international response; what is the long-term impact; what lessons can  Read more...

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