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New York Times Deadly Invaders: Virus Outbreaks Around the World, from Marburn Fever to Avian Flu Hardcover – October 25, 2006

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Starred Review. Grade 7 Up–This readable and riveting text introduces students to the new age of viral epidemics. Grady begins with an account of her trip to Angola in 2005 to cover an outbreak of Marburg fever as a reporter for the New York Times. Her writing is informative and compelling. She persuasively relays the challenges of fighting a viral epidemic in a city that lacks such basic services as running water. The medical professionals also had to cope with language barriers and cultural differences. Grady clearly conveys the difficulties of confining and halting the spread of diseases in an age in which air travel makes it possible for an infected individual to spread a disease worldwide in a matter of hours. A map shows how one person infected with the SARS virus infected 400 individuals from around the globe while staying at a hotel in China. Boxed areas highlight information and individuals. For instance, one profiles Maria Bonino, an Italian pediatrician who died of Marburg during the outbreak. The layout is appealing and includes good-quality, full-color, relevant photographs on almost every spread. After relaying her experiences reporting on the Marburg outbreak, Grady profiles other deadly diseases, including Avian Flu, HIV and AIDS, SARS, and West Nile. A fast-paced, timely, and important book.–Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
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Science reporter for the New York Times, Grady recalls her 2005 trip to Angola, where she reported on a large outbreak of Marburg fever. In the first half of the book, a new entry in a line of books published in cooperation with the Times, Grady discusses the Marburg virus, the incurable disease it causes, and its effects on individuals and communities, as seen through the lens of her personal experiences in Angola. Many teens will find this compelling reading. Next she offers a short, informative chapter on each of seven deadly diseases: Marburg fever, avian flu, HIV/AIDS, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, West Nile disease, SARS, and monkeypox. Rather than source notes, Grady appends a discussion of how she researches her stories. Following that, the "Further Reading" section recommends 100 articles--all from the Times--and another page lists recommended Internet sites. The illustrations (not seen in final form), mainly photos, will be in color. Despite its limited documentation, this is a useful and quite readable source of information on viral diseases that have made headlines. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: New York Times
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753459957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753459959
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was at the American Library Conference in New Orleans scoping out various publisher booths when I found myself at the Kingfisher location in possession of a nice hot pink non-fiction tome with the vibrant words, "Deadly Invaders" popping out of the cover. I knew that the New York Times had started publishing books for children, much as National Geographic has, but this was the first of its kind I'd had a chance to handle for myself. So for three or four nights in a row, I used this title to cautiously immerse myself in every dangerous virus outbreak from AIDS to SARS. The book is a fascinating look at how our ever-shrinking world may someday face a pandemic of the worst possible nature. For the kid that wants some info on deadly diseases that kill with no cure, I can't think of a better book to hand them. Just don't be tossing this title casually to any child prone to apocalyptic fears.

Author Denise Grady is a science reporter for The New York Times and has been so since 1998. In the eight years since she joined the Gray Lady, Ms. Grady has had the mixed honor of being in a position to learn as much as possible about some of the deadliest diseases in the world. Grady begins "Deadly Invaders" with in-depth study of Marburg Fever. To study the effects of this viral hemorrhagic disease, Grady traveled to Luanda, Angola to view the doctors working in the area. She then traveled to the much smaller and, to be frank, filthier city of Uige and the province of the same name. Grady recounts both these experiences with the professionalism of a true reporter, then fills out the book with summaries of six other deadly diseases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I received my copy of DEADLY INVADERS, I had every intention of focusing on two of the diseases I was most familiar with--Avian (Bird) Flu and West Nile Disease. I had never actually heard of Marburg Fever, but quickly realized that a large portion of the book was devoted to this disease, and became intrigued.

The Marburg Story is broken down into six sections: Luanda, Angola; The Hot Zone; Arrival in Uige; Claudia's Funeral; The Outbreak Ends, and Animal Origins. So what is Marburg Fever? The Marburg virus is found in Africa, Asia, and South America, and is called a viral hemorrhagic fever. Outbreaks tend to erupt without warning, and although they cause rapidly fatal diseases, the illnesses start out with ordinary flu symptoms--headache, fever, aches and pains, an occasional rash, diarrhea and vomiting. What causes Marburg Fever to become deadly, though, is the fact that about half of the victims who suffer from the flu-like symptoms then begin to bleed, both internally and externally. What often follows is a breakdown of vital organs like the heart, kidneys, and liver from the fluid that is leaking out of the blood vessels.

Sounds horrifically painful, doesn't it? It is, and although right now it's only been found in the aforementioned countries and has come to an end, it could arise again, and even be spread to other parts of the globe. One of the most important things I learned by reading DEADLY INVADERS is how easily a virus, whether one that is air-born or one that can only be contracted through direct contact of bodily fluids, can be spread.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spudman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Deadly Diseases is a well written, easy to understand book suitable for young adults, older adults who like simplification of complex topics, and even advanced middle school students. The author makes the unspeakable palpable, and intricate complexities understandable. Her text is enhanced by remarkable photographs that memorably capture the human element and human suffering of which she writes.

I also like the supplemental text boxes with information that adds to the impact of Grady's story. Short asides about bats, mosquitoes, spreading SARS, and making a vaccine, are fascinating and warrant revisits.

Infectious diseases cause 13 million deaths a year, and viruses continue to reemerge and resurface without warning. Deadly Invaders is a moving book that enhances awareness and vigilance and shakes up one's complacency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Denise Grady is a medical reporter who decided to survey the threats of flu and new illnesses caused by viruses, journeying to Angola to study the spread of Marburg. Hers is not only a survey of a single disease, but charts the course of health issues, scientific investigation, and accompany social and ethical issues. Students in grades 5-8 will find Deadly Invaders: Virus Outbreaks Around the World, from Marburg Fever to Avian Flu to be an important first-person journey with many implications for modern health.
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