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Bird flu : everything you need to know about the next pandemic

ISBN:  0-470-03864-0/978-0-470-03864-2
Author(s):  Marc Siegel
Subject(s):  Influenza VaccinesInfluenza in Birds--transmissionInfluenza A Virus, H5N1 SubtypeInfluenza, Human--etiologyInfluenza, Human--transmission
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Page:  202
Size:  23
Publishing Info:  Wiley, 2006
Call number:  614.518 S571/--06
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The most important thing to know about the avian flu pandemic is that it probably ain't coming, argues this brisk debunking of the latest medical scare story. Siegel, an associate professor at the NYU School of Medicine (False Alarm: The Truth About the Epidemic of Fear), cites evidence that the death rate from avian flu could be much lower than the reported estimate of 50% and it will probably not mutate to be readily transmissible between humans. And unlike the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, Siegel contends, a new bird flu pandemic would face effective public health measures and medical treatments. Revisiting the West Nile virus, anthrax, SARS and bioterrorism panics, Siegel sees bird flu as the latest "bug du jour" hyped by government and media alarmism. Meanwhile, he complains, attention is diverted from far more deadly diseases like AIDS, malaria and regular flu. In his own lapse into medical panic, he insists that stress induced by medical panics is itself a serious medical problem. Siegel accessibly presents the facts about avian flu, together with colorful anecdotes about his own panic-stricken patients whom he advises to simply eat right and exercise. Siegel's exemplary bedside manner makes this dose of common sense go down easy. (Feb.)

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