Did you know what Ebola was before this epidemic?
You use the word "epidemic" loosely.
It's just another made-up crisis that allows our government to gain more power.
I suspect he's referring to the situation in Africa, which is the largest epidemic of Ebola since it was first known in 1976.
At least, I hope so. It's most certainly *not* an epidemic in the US.
I was aware but, avoided it on account of the truth I wanted to avoid.
Read "The Hot Zone," by Richard Preston. The first US Ebola outbreak it'll scare the crap out of you, as well as how the cdc reacted.
No I haven't heard of it
I've known about Ebola probably since the year it was discovered (1976). Also related viruses in the same area, Lassa & Marburg. I've read pretty extensively about it, including a section of Laurie Garrett's excellent book The Coming Plague (1994).
I am reading that book right now! Viruses fascinate me. I started it in June or so, but I don't have a lot of time to read, so I haven't gotten it finished yet.
It's such a long book! But it's so full of interesting stories. I listened to it on tapes when it first came out. I was in grad school at the time & never would have gotten through it if I'd had to sit & read - no time for that at all! I just
listened to it again (digital version this time) a month ago. (I also have a print copy & the ebook - I'm a bit obsessed with it!) Too bad it ends in the last century... I also have her Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, which
for some reason I haven't gotten into... & even it was published in 2000.
But I follow her, & a few other good science journalists and/or epidemiologists on Twitter, who have been *very* helpful with level-headed information about the
current Ebola situation. They're having fits right now about the latest news: Scientists who have been in Ebola regions of Africa recently have been un-invited (by the state health dept) to a scientific conference in New Orleans about - get this -
tropical medicine. They were going to present information about the current situation.
Also, looking at Laurie Garrett's tweets just now, she's packing to leave for Liberia tonight.
I will have to go find her Twitter account. Any other books by her or other scientists you would recommend reading? I always thought being an epidemiologist would be an awesome job, but I don't want to away from family for extended periods of time.
Oops, sorry, I forgot about this question from you. Let me take a look at my books & get back to you with a short list. I'll try to do it tomorrow.
One of my dream careers, when I was in high school or earler, was to be a CDC disease detective.