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OUTBREAKS AND EPIDEMICS
Bibliophile price: £3.75
Sub-titled 'Battling Infection from Measles to Coronavirus' For centuries we have waged war against infections which could have wiped out communities or even entire populations. Yet, for all our advanced scientific knowledge, experience and research, only one human disease ? smallpox ? has ever been globally eradicated. While we struggle to contain those diseases which are known to us, new ones are continually emerging ? our present Covid-19 pandemic, SARS, Zika, avian flu, swine flu, Ebola to name but a few ? and as if that were not enough, bacteria which we had under control with antibiotics are developing immunity to these drugs, enabling them to thrive once again. Published just a few months ago, this is a bang up-to-date analysis of exactly where we are in our ongoing battle against infection. The author is a global health journalist who has worked with the world?s best known broadcasters and research institutions and here she examines the successes and failures of the past and compares them to the challenges we face today. We get today's state of play with AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, leprosy and others which, frankly, we had thought had been eradicated or had not even heard of. Disease can suddenly reappear because people stop taking precautions. As timely as it is possible to be, she also investigates the links between politics and disease, the burgeoning anti-vaxxer movement and the battle with spurious "medical advice" that infests the Internet. Highly informative and thoroughly engrossing, 176pp paperback.

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