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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 4.36 — 11,771 ratings — published 2012
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The Demon in the Freezer The Demon in the Freezer (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 4.13 — 13,391 ratings — published 2002
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Epidemiology Epidemiology (Paperback)
by (shelved 12 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 3.84 — 463 ratings — published 2000
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Plagues and Peoples Plagues and Peoples (Paperback)
by (shelved 11 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 3.90 — 3,988 ratings — published 1976
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Polio: An American Story Polio: An American Story (Paperback)
by (shelved 11 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 4.00 — 4,515 ratings — published 2005
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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Hardcover)
by (shelved 9 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 4.07 — 574,769 ratings — published 2010
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The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Hardcover)
by (shelved 9 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 3.89 — 1,153 ratings — published 2010
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Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as epidemiology)
avg rating 4.17 — 1,302 ratings — published 2014
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“For some reason there is a tendency to assume that one wild animal is a suitable model for another related species, whereas similar evidence would not be acceptable in human or veterinary medicine. For example, Shulaw etal. (1986) developed a serologic test to detect antibodies to Mycobacterium aviumssp. paratuberculosisin white-tailed deer, but determined the validity of the test “in deer” by using samples from infected sika and fallow deer. It is doubtful that a test developed to detect disease in humans would be accepted for use in public health circles, if its validity had been established by using squirrel monkeys and baboons!”
Gary Wobeser

“Epidemiologists-scientists who study the spread of disease-use a special number to describe how contagious a virus is. It's called the basic reproduction number, or R0 for short. It's complicated to calculate but simple to understand-it counts how many people one sick person is expected to infect over the course of his or her illness. If I'm sick with a cold and I make two other people sick, the R0 of my virus is 2. Colds and seasonal flus typically have R0 values of around 1.5 to 2. The 1918 flu pandemic R0 was estimated to be 2 to 3, while diseases like polio and small pox have R0 values of around 5 to 7.”
Jennifer Gardy, It's Catching: The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes

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