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Acinetobacter : Microbiology, Epidemiology, Infections, Management; E. Bergogne-Berezin, et al; Hardcover; $155.00

The Bloodborne Pathogens Standard : A Pragmatic Approach; Jon T. O'Neal; Hardcover; $54.95

Children and AIDS : The Challenge for Child Welfare; Gary R. Anderson; Paperback; $4.50

The Coming Plague : Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance; Laurie Garrett; Paperback; $13.45

This might have been a sensation-seeking book that stirs things up briefly, then quickly disappears, but Garrett has studied the scientific and popular literature, interviewed many knowledgeable individuals, and constructed a cogent, well-documented, far-reaching argument. The main points of that argument include the fact that careless use of antibiotics has led to the growth of drug-resistant strains and species of microbes, the fact that microbial mutations are not necessarily random events,...

Control of Communicable Diseases Manual 1995 (16th Ed); Abram S. Benenson; Paperback; $25.25

Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever in the Americas: Guidelines for Prevention and Control; by Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Paperback (September 1994); Our Price: $20.00

Dengue, and its potentially fatal forms, dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome, again have become a serious health problem in many parts of the Americas. Although a campaign once practically eradicated Aedes aegypti, the disease's principal vector, from the Region, most of the countries were reinfested and have suffered epidemics due to the curtailing of public expenditure on health that took place during the 1980s. Clearly, a new set of guidelines were needed.

The present guidelines stress the fact that dengue is primarily a problem of domestic sanitation. Through physical means and without the overuse of chemicals, A. aegypti and the other important vector, A. albopictus, can be eliminated. Contrary to the centralized and vertically structured programs of the past, these guidelines emphasize ways to transfer the responsibility, capability, and motivation for dengue control and prevention to the community.

Prepared by eighteen representatives from seven countries in the Americas and several PAHO staff members, all experts in the field, this publication fills a critical niche in the fight against dengue in the Americas, and is an invaluable tool for health professionals working in vector control everywhere.

Drug Transport in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy (Infectious Disease and Therapy, No 17); Nafsika H. Georgopapadakou; Hardcover; $195.00

E. Coli 0157 : The True Story of a Mother's Battle With a Killer Microbe; Mary Heersink; Hardcover; $20.66

Emerging Infections : Microbial Threats to Human Health in the United States; Joshua Lederberg, et al; Paperback; $34.95

Evolution of Infectious Disease; Paul W. Ewald; Hardcover; $38.95

Food and Animal Borne Diseases Sourcebook : Basic Information About Diseases That Can Be Spread to Humans Through the Ingestion of Contaminated Food o Vol 7; Karen Bellenir, Peter D. Dresser; Hardcover; $80.00

Handbook of Diseases; Paperback; $29.95

Hantavirus in the Americas: Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment,; Pan American Health Organization; Prevention, and Control (Series TP 47); Spiral-bound - 64 pages (April 1, 1999); $14.00

In 1993, the outbreak of a mysterious, deadly respiratory illness in the southwestern United States made national headlines. When a hantavirus was found to be the culprit, other governments in the Region began to focus greater attention on the presence and effects of hantavirus in their countries. This publication presents an extensive view of what came to be known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), its clinical manifestations, methods of preventing infection, and measures taken by governments in the Region to monitor hantaviruses and educate health professionals and the general public about the disease.

This comprehensive manual begins by describing the different hantaviruses known in the Americas and their reservoirs, rodent ecology and zoology, and the epidemiology of human disease in the Region. Upon this foundation, the manual describes the disease's clinical manifestation and diagnosis and presents guidelines for HPS surveillance, treatment, and case management. It also provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for preventing infection in the home, hospital, and laboratory, as well for cleaning rodent-infested areas. The importance of educating health professionals and the general public about the disease is stressed through examples of communication strategies used in different countries of the Region. The publication also provides an overview of communication tools that can be adapted to educate diverse populations about HPS and other communicable diseases.

An essential tool for anyone involved in hantavirus prevention, control, treatment, or health education activities, Hantavirus in the Americas: Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention, and Control contains useful, stand-alone annexes, such as sample case report forms, guidelines for safe handling and transfer of specimens, educational resources, and descriptions of prevention campaigns undertaken by countries in the Region. The book's handy format allows for quick reproduction and distribution of the annexes and infection prevention and control measures.

Infection and Immunity; J. H. L. Playfair, John Playfair; Hardcover; $39.50

Killer Germs : Microbes and Diseases That Threaten Humanity; Barry E. Zimmerman, David J. Zimmerman; Paperback; $13.45

Lyme Disease : The Cause, the Cure, the Controversy (Johns Hopkins Health Book); Alan G. Barbour; Hardcover; $32.36

The Making of a Social Disease : Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France; David S. Barnes; Hardcover; $42.00

Measles Eradication: Field Guide (Series TP 41) ; spiral-bound - 70 pages (February 1, 1999), Pan American Health Organization; $14.00

In 1994, the Ministers of Health of the Americas adopted the goal of eradicating measles from the Western Hemisphere by the year 2000. Although the countries have made considerable progress toward this goal, scattered outbreaks continue to occur. It is essential that the countries maintain high immunization levels within their populations, especially in light of the threat of reintroduction of measles from other regions of the world.

To help the countries of the Americas become and remain measles-free, PAHO has developed a vaccination strategy for outbreak prevention and measles eradication. This publication outlines that strategy and also provides valuable background information about measles in a concise format and easy-to-understand language. Its seven chapters cover such subjects as the epidemiology of measles, clinical aspects of the disease, proper handling and delivery of measles vaccines, and methods of laboratory confirmation of measles infection. The rationale and activities related to the vaccination strategy are explained in depth. The largest section of the book is devoted to surveillance for measles cases and gives guidelines for case investigation, outbreak response, and other components of an effective surveillance system. Attached as appendices are numerous examples of forms that can be copied and modified as needed for local surveillance purposes. There is also an extensive bibliography arranged by subject.

The practical information contained in this manual will benefit public health personnel and medical practitioners at all levels. The field guide is an essential tool for anyone involved in administering or carrying out vaccination programs, both in the Americas and elsewhere.

Mononucleosis and Other Infectious Diseases (Medical Disorders and Their Treatment : Encyclopedia of Health); Laurel, M.D. Shader, Jon Zonderman; Library Binding; $27.75

Rats, Lice, and History : Being a Study in Biography, Which, After Twelve Preliminary Chapters Indispensable for the Preparation of the Lay Reader, de; Hans Zinsser; Hardcover; $9.98

Yellow Fever, Black Goddess : The Coevolution of People and Plagues; Christopher Wills; Paperback; $10.40

The major purpose of plagues and epidemics is not population control. Rather, the germs that cause them are primarily striving to stay alive in the best possible conditions. Wills presents fascinating, well-documented accounts of how various bacteria, viruses, and other microbes have, over the centuries, adapted to changing conditions to achieve those goals. Moving north, syphilis bacteria have had to "learn" how to live in colder climates and so have developed different methods of transmission...

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