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An acclaimed science writer takes readers behind the scenes at the Centers for Disease Control to tell the story of an engrossing odyssey across the viral frontier....

Title : Virus Ground Zero: Stalking the Killer Viruses with the Centers for Disease Control
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ISBN : 9780671023256
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Virus Ground Zero: Stalking the Killer Viruses with the Centers for Disease Control Reviews

  • Katie Verhaeren
    2019-03-22 09:16

    A good companion to "The Hot Zone." This book balances a look at the development and history of the CDC as well as the efforts of its epidemiologists in combating the 1995 outbreak in Kikwit, Zaire. Regis gives you a detailed look at the workings of the CDC and diseases like Ebola, Marburg, and Lassa without playing into the fear-mongering that can easily develop in this kind of book.

  • Lori
    2019-03-09 11:16

    I am only giving this book 3 stars due to the interesting subject matter. The writing was a total mess. He constantly switched between second and third person narrative and past and present tense. The worst thing was when he actually managed to delve into the science of microbiology he would write in past tense as if science isn't constantly evolving and to be talked about in present tense as this is what we now know but it could all change tomorrow. It was frustrating and I found myself constantly correcting as I read. Also, it was incredibly annoying that there was literally no structure to the chronology of the storytelling Using flashbacks to connect current events to current thinking as opposed to past thinking requires a writing skill set he doesn't possess. He is good at descriptive writing and had I no trouble visualizing any of the places. Overall, it felt like it was put together too quickly and without good editing. There was good information that was left dangling and a lack of cohesion in tying any concept together. It was a mish-mash of personal opinions, an outright attack on certain other authors and in fact a novel more designed to achieve the Hollywood affect he so often criticized in the book and yet he clearly had his own one-sided agenda to promote. I like my science books to contain a lot of science. I also like to them to be as objective as possible. Still it was an entertaining read.

  • Anne
    2019-03-03 06:19

    Just OK - listened to R McQuay's reading.

  • QS
    2019-02-28 07:30

    I want to give this book 3.5 stars, actually. The reason lies entirely in the writing, though, so I'll be kind and give it four stars. Why? Because, man, this book makes me want to be a microbiologist SO BAD.When I picked it up, I really expected it to be all about the Ebola outbreak, and was preparing myself for a couple hundred pages of graphic descriptions of the disease, but that's not what this book gives you. It does go into descriptions of the disease, of course, but it's not a book that's trying to make you feel bad for the people who got the disease or anything. It's informative instead, mostly describing how the disease was spread, how it was dealt with, what a virus is exactly, and what the scientists who went to stop the outbreak and research it were faced with.It also goes into the history of the CDC and describes how it discovered and stopped several other diseases, such as malaria, Lassa fever, and Legionnaire's. I actually found this history to be of particular interest, because I'd never given much thought into just how so many diseases had been stopped before. I vaguely knew that polio and smallpox used to happen in America, and that polio at least had been eradicated through vaccination--but I hadn't known that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide. I also never knew that malaria had ever even BEEN in the United States, let alone that we'd ever gotten rid of it. So it's an eye-opener, in many ways. For everything you think you know, there are just as many things that you really, really don't.And, as a nice bonus, it's all written as if it's a fictional narrative, instead of as a boring textbook. I wish more things were written like this. Maybe I'd read less fantasy novels.

  • Andy
    2019-02-27 09:17

    Virus Ground Zero differs from other "man vs. microbe" books by presenting the CDC as a greedy ever-expanding bureaucracy that creates fear to justify its budget. By explaining how paranoia about swine flu, Ebola etc. were unjustified, the author provides a valuable corrective to the bio-thrillers like The Hot Zone. Unfortunately, pointing out the truth in a reasonable way does not make for an entertaining read the way the scary monster-virus apocalypse stories do. It also is somewhat confusing for the reader, because we're following the virus hunters and they are portrayed as heroes for stalking what the title calls "the killer viruses." Then on the other hand, we are repeatedly informed that the virus itself is not really the issue; conditions and human behaviors make the difference between health and disease. It's as if the author set out to write one more puff piece on the virus hunters, but figured out along the way that there were many holes in the whole "killer virus" paradigm.

  • Cate
    2019-03-20 12:10

    Very interesting insights into the CDC and how disease epidemics are handled. I'm amazed that some of the viruses I thought deadly are not nearly as vicious, and some that I'd never heard of are real killers. The thing that amazed me the most was that simple sanitary techniques could stop every single virus from spreading--or even occurring at all. Having lived in Africa for a bit, I understand just how difficult basic sanitation in developing countries can be. Excellent read. I also now understand the flu virus better. This was particularly interesting to read, given the Ebola outbreak last year and also the Flint water issues.

  • Betsy Curlin
    2019-03-20 08:09

    This is a very well written book about viral infections, outbreaks, and the incredible extent to which people, particularly the staff of the CDC, go to stop these outbreaks. Acting as sleuths as well as physicians, the doctors, virologists and epidemiologists determine the identity of their patient zero, map the spread of the disease, and try to find the natural reservoir of the virus. Other than stating that viral DNA is transcribed by ribosomes (in reality DNA is first translated into RNA which is then transcribed into into viral proteins), the book is scientifically sound.

  • Snehil
    2019-03-20 06:34

    Almost as good as "Emperor of all Maladies". A very balanced description of the work of viruses and efforts of CDC. It's a blessing to be living in a world where the government and health professionals seem to be fully prepared, if any virus outbreak does occur. Unlike many non-fiction writers, Regis doesn't make you feel that humankind is the most evil species on the planet. I have started to dislike the books where the authors' whole point of the book becomes blaming the human race for everything under the Sun.This one, like Emperor of all Maladies, doesn't focus on blaming.

  • Jo Anne
    2019-03-14 12:30

    This book was assigned reading for a Microbiology course. Perhaps it is partially because I was starved for narrative, after nothing but dry science textbooks this semester, but I found this book quite absorbing -- sometimes fascinating, sometimes distressing. Its overarching story is of the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Zaire. Regis breaks up this story with a history of the CDC’s evolution and accounts of other viral outbreaks the agency has fought.

  • Wendi
    2019-03-12 05:24

    Easy read. Co era the period before during and after the book "Hot Zone" and movie "Outbreak" were released and addressed national reaction and fears. I liked author's description of the CDC both for its effectiveness and beaurocracy.

  • Holly
    2019-03-05 10:15

    Basically an account of the CDC's founding (to make southern military training grounds safe from malaria) and growth, interspersed with the story of the 1995 ebola outbreak and other virus hunting tales. Solid read, and recommended if you're into the subject matter.

  • Nyssa
    2019-02-22 05:27

    If you want to learn about viruses there are better books than this one. If you want to learn about the history of the CDC and about how the last big Ebola scare in the 1990's was handled, then this is the book for you!

  • James
    2019-03-15 08:16

    Scary as hell. A true story written in Fiction form. Truly a great read.