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Book and Media Reviews
January 6, 2010

Outbreak Investigations Around the World: Case Studies in Infectious Disease Field Epidemiology

JAMA. 2010;303(1):77. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1947

In Outbreak Investigations Around the World, epidemiologists narrate accounts of 19 outbreaks from the last half century. These accounts are arranged in chronological order and are told as stories, interweaving details of the investigations with the investigators' thoughts. The collection includes some of the most important outbreaks of recent memory: Legionnaire disease, toxic shock syndrome, Cryptosporidium, anthrax, and Ebola. The book contains a fascinating look at some epidemiologic challenges, including hepatitis A transmission through use of methamphetamine, cyberspace as a means of facilitating syphilis transmission, and transmission of cholera through bottled water.

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