Monday, October 20, 2014

New Africa Books - Special Ebola Edition for 20 October 2014

Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus by David Quammen

Release Date: October 20, 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola—its past, present, and its unknowable future.

Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.

David Quammen has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He is the author of The Song of the Dodo (1997), Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (2013), The Chimp and the River: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest (forthcoming, 2015), and The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (2007), among other books.

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Ebola Virus Disease: From Epidemic To Pandemic: What You Should Know by Thomas Jerome Baker

Release Date: October 12, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

With news of the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S., the public is on edge and trying to find fast answers about just how vulnerable they are to the deadly virus. This book provides answers from the most reliable sources possible from a wide variety of perspectives: social, economic, health and medical.

Thomas Jerome Baker was president of TESOL Chile during 2010-2011. He is the head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Baker is author of The Spelling Bee for EFL Teachers (2012), Teaching Debate in Chile: Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope (2012), How to Teach Debating: Theory & Practical Handbook for the Non-Native Teacher, Debate Coach & International English Language Learner Worldwide (2013), and How to Coach a Debate Team (2012), among other works.

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Ebola Crisis: Its Origins, Treatment, & Future in the U.S. and the World by Joseph Spark

Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

In March 2014, an outbreak of Ebola was reported in Guinea. This is the first time the disease had hit this country and locals as well as health authorities were admittedly ill prepared to deal with the menace. Therefore, the virus spread rapidly throughout several communities in the country. Reports indicate that the first victim was a child who died late in 2013. The infections soon spread to other countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal.

Joseph Spark is author of ISIS Taking Over the Middle East: The Rise of Middle Eastern Supremacy-ISIS/ISIL (2014), Best Places to Retire: United States vs. the World (2014), Police vs. The Public: Brutality Or Justice (2014), and Facts You Need to Know About the Ebola Crisis (2014), among other works.

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