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    The Ebola Epidemic
    The Fight, The Future
    Library Bound
    Also available in: E-Book
    ©2016
    ISBN-13: 978-1-4677-9244-8
    AR Quiz #: 179549
    AR Points: 4.00
    ATOS Level: 8.60
    Lexile Level: 1160
    SRC Reading Level: 10.6
    Pages: 112
    Trim Size: 7 x 9
    Dewey: 614.5'7
    Reading Grade Level: 8
    Interest Grade Level: 7-12
    Ages: 12-18
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    DESCRIPTION Connie Goldsmith
    An ordinary blue thermos holding blood samples from a sick nun in Zaire reached Belgium's Institute of Tropical Medicine in September 1976. From the samples, researchers discovered a new virus, which they named the Ebola virus after a river in Central Africa. The virus killed two hundred eighty people before it seemingly disappeared into the jungle. No one suspected the virus would erupt in West Africa nearly four decades later to cause an unprecedented epidemic.

    Ebola has riveted—and terrified—the world since its reemergence from the jungle, killing more than eleven thousand people in West Africa since December 2013. Transmitted through bodily fluids—blood, saliva, sweat, vomit, feces, and semen—the disease causes high fever, widespread pain, nausea and vomiting, and severe diarrhea. Patients may develop dangerous bleeding and organ failure. With no effective treatment available, about 40 percent of infected people die within days. Using proper protective gear, safe burial protocols, cleansing techniques, and educational outreach, the disease has been slowed in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone—at least temporarily.

    Can researchers develop vaccines quickly enough to prevent new outbreaks? Will Ebola move beyond West Africa? Readers will hear from Ebola survivors, learn what experts say about this devastating disease, and draw their own conclusions about whether another epidemic can be prevented.


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    Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Index, Maps, Online Resources, Resource List, Source Notes, Sources of Information, Table of Contents, Websites
    About the Author
    Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A recently retired RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.
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    "[A] crisp and informative book. . . . Goldsmith, a veteran health/science writer, knows how to invest readers in her story . . . [and] delivers science in a serious yet welcoming tone. . . . An arresting, illuminating, and unlikely-to-be-forgotten story."—starred, Kirkus Reviews
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    School Library Journal
    "Goldsmith, a health care practitioner and experienced science writer . . . is clear and direct—compelling without resorting to sensationalism. . . . It is safe to say that all libraries currently lack up-to-date material on Ebola. Those looking to rectify the situation . . . should add this title."—School Library Journal
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    "Though it doesn't make light of the very real and devastating effects Ebola can have on families and entire communities, this is also careful not to contribute to sensationalism. . . . A solid, valuable look at a still-mysterious illness and a tumultuous time in recent history."—Booklist