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Book details
  • Genre:MEDICAL
  • SubGenre:Tropical Medicine
  • Language:English
  • Pages:300
  • eBook ISBN:9781483546490

Fever!

The Hunt for a New Killer Virus

by John G. Fuller

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Overview
Today the world is facing the dangers of Ebola Virus but it is not the first killer disease to originate in Africa. In 1969 the Lassa fever began ravaging the same areas of Africa with much the same symptoms and deadliness as Ebola. Lassa came out of the African bush country and spread terror throughout the Nigerian Highlands. Its first known victim was a nurse at a lonely mission hospital. She had been cared for by two other nurses both of whom fell ill. One died, the other was flown to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York for emergency treatment. It was the beginning of one of the most dramatic detective stories in modern medical science. To identify the pestilence, find its carrier, and produce a cure, neurologists began working around the clock. But even scientists in their supposedly germ-proof laboratories weren't safe. The virus struck down workers in the Yale University lab. Research was halted, then transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, where it could be conducted in the newly built maximum security moon research facilities. Meanwhile, the disease was radiating across Africa, where thousands of people faced horrifying deaths if a cure could not be found. Ebola is presenting the world with the same sort of devastating danger today.
Description
Today the world is facing the dangers of Ebola Virus but it is not the first killer disease to originate in Africa. In 1969 the Lassa fever began ravaging the same areas of Africa with much the same symptoms and deadliness as Ebola. Lassa came out of the African bush country and spread terror throughout the Nigerian Highlands. Its first known victim was a nurse at a lonely mission hospital. She had been cared for by two other nurses both of whom fell ill. One died, the other was flown to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York for emergency treatment. It was the beginning of one of the most dramatic detective stories in modern medical science. To identify the pestilence, find its carrier, and produce a cure, neurologists began working around the clock. But even scientists in their supposedly germ-proof laboratories weren't safe. The virus struck down workers in the Yale University lab. Research was halted, then transferred to Atlanta, Georgia, where it could be conducted in the newly built maximum security moon research facilities. Meanwhile, the disease was radiating across Africa, where thousands of people faced horrifying deaths if a cure could not be found. Ebola is presenting the world with the same sort of devastating danger today.
About the author
JOHN G. FULLER had a distinguished career as a writer-producer-director. His television documentary The Great American Dream Machine won him the Public Television Emmy Award, and he is known for his hard-hitting investigative books such as We Almost Lost Detroit and Arigo: Surgeon with the Rusty Knife. In later years he became increasingly intrigued by the evidence he uncovered for life after death, and his meticulously researched books, The Ghost of Flight 401, The Airmen Who Would Not Die and The Interrupted Journey achieved bestseller status.
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