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Ebola's Curse

2013-2016 Outbreak in West Africa

Book2018

Authors:

Michael B.A. Oldstone and Madeleine Rose Oldstone

Ebola's Curse

2013-2016 Outbreak in West Africa

Book2018

 

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Ebola‘s Curse: 2013-2016 Outbreak in West Africa is about hemorrhagic fever viruses, especially Ebola, its initial origin in central Africa 1976, its unprecedented appearance in We ... read full description

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    Chapter 1 - Ebola’s Origin: A Limited but Devastating Viral Hemorrhagic Disease of Central Africa

    Pages 1-13

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    Chapter 2 - Ebola’s Unanticipated Arrival in West Africa

    Pages 15-23

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    Chapter 3 - Kenema Government Hospital: From Lassa to Ebola

    Pages 25-38

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    Chapter 4 - Sheik Humarr Khan: Leading the Fight Against Ebola in Sierra Leone at Kenema Government Hospital

    Pages 39-47

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    Chapter 5 - ZMapp: The Ethics of Decision Making

    Pages 49-62

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    Chapter 6 - Robert Garry: Managing the Effort to Curtail Ebola’s Curse

    Pages 63-70

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    Chapter 7 - Pardis Sabeti: Geneticist Tracking Ebola’s Travels and Changing Profile

    Pages 71-78

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    Chapter 8 - Ebola’s Curse: Impact on the Economics of West Africa

    Pages 79-86

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    Chapter 9 - Ebola’s Scorecard: Failure of the WHO and the International Community

    Pages 87-101

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    Addendum

    Page 103

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    Index

    Pages 105-108

About the book

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Ebola‘s Curse: 2013-2016 Outbreak in West Africa is about hemorrhagic fever viruses, especially Ebola, its initial origin in central Africa 1976, its unprecedented appearance in West Africa in 2013. The book records in sequence and detective style how the initial outbreak of Ebola from the index case in rural Guinea traveled to Sierra Leone, the work and fate of those working in the Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) isolation ward in Sierra Leone. The book provides vignettes of the three main players involved with Ebola at KGH, Sheik Khan, Pardis Sabeti, and Robert Garry.

Khan was the head of the unit, declared a national hero by his Sierra Leone government. He died fighting Ebola and was/is recognized in the USA by American societies by awards created for his historic work and death. Pardis Sabeti, a geneticist from Harvard and Broad MIT Institute, who was honored as a "Scientist of the Year" by Time Magazine and the Smithsonian Institute. Robert Garry, head of the operation to fight hemorrhagic fevers and Ebola, shuttled between Tulane University, KGH, and The White House to make aware through the press and others the dilemma and tragedy that was unfolding, and the need to obtain additional medical and health care support and supplies. Sabeti and Garry currently work with Oldstone on Ebola at KGH and thus personal communication and knowledge was/is available to the author for the book.

Ebola‘s Curse: 2013-2016 Outbreak in West Africa is about hemorrhagic fever viruses, especially Ebola, its initial origin in central Africa 1976, its unprecedented appearance in West Africa in 2013. The book records in sequence and detective style how the initial outbreak of Ebola from the index case in rural Guinea traveled to Sierra Leone, the work and fate of those working in the Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) isolation ward in Sierra Leone. The book provides vignettes of the three main players involved with Ebola at KGH, Sheik Khan, Pardis Sabeti, and Robert Garry.

Khan was the head of the unit, declared a national hero by his Sierra Leone government. He died fighting Ebola and was/is recognized in the USA by American societies by awards created for his historic work and death. Pardis Sabeti, a geneticist from Harvard and Broad MIT Institute, who was honored as a "Scientist of the Year" by Time Magazine and the Smithsonian Institute. Robert Garry, head of the operation to fight hemorrhagic fevers and Ebola, shuttled between Tulane University, KGH, and The White House to make aware through the press and others the dilemma and tragedy that was unfolding, and the need to obtain additional medical and health care support and supplies. Sabeti and Garry currently work with Oldstone on Ebola at KGH and thus personal communication and knowledge was/is available to the author for the book.

Key Features

  • Includes perspectives from the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa
  • Provides a detailed overview of the origins of Ebola virus through present day discoveries
  • Written with an integrative approach, incorporating scientific research with insights from the field on Public Health and Medical History
  • Includes perspectives from the 2013-2016 outbreak in West Africa
  • Provides a detailed overview of the origins of Ebola virus through present day discoveries
  • Written with an integrative approach, incorporating scientific research with insights from the field on Public Health and Medical History

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ISBN

978-0-12-813888-5

Language

English

Published

2018

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Imprint

Academic Press

Authors

Michael B.A. Oldstone

Department of Immunology and Microbiology, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, United States

Madeleine Rose Oldstone

Graduate of the College of Diplomacy at Seton Hall University, Carlsbad, CA, United States