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Health Reference Series

Contagious Diseases Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

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Contagious diseases occur when microbes—bacteria, viruses, and fungi—are passed from person to person. While vaccination programs and other prevention measures have been successful in reducing the number of new cases of many contagious diseases, the incidence rates of diseases like pertussis, chlamydia, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections, has been rising in recent years. Also, newly recognized infectious agents, including the H1N1 flu (swine flu), and some particularly virulent or drug-resistant strains of well-known microbial infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), have emerged and caused substantial concern.

Contagious Diseases Sourcebook, Fourth Edition provides updated information about microbes that are spread from person to person and the diseases they cause, including influenza, lice infestation, pneumonias, staphylococcal and streptococcal infections, tuberculosis, and others. The types of diagnostic tests and treatments available from medical professionals are explained, and self-care practices for familiar symptoms—such as the sniffles and sore throat that often accompany the common cold—are described. Other topics addressed include antibiotic resistance, the role of hand washing in preventing the spread of disease, and recommendations and controversies surrounding vaccination programs. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of additional resources.

The book is divided into parts and chapters where parts focus on broad areas of interest and chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.

Part I: What You Need to Know about Germs describes various types of microbes and different kinds of infections. It explains how the immune system responds to germs and how diseases can be transmitted from one person to another. Public health issues are also discussed, including the practice of screening internationally adopted children for contagious diseases and the threat of bioterrorism.

Part II: Types of Contagious Diseases provides facts about forty-eight specific diseases of concern—from adenovirus to whooping cough—in individual, alphabetically arranged chapters.

Part III: Self-Treatment for Contagious Diseases discusses frequently used remedies for common illnesses and disease symptoms. Facts about the proper use of over-the-counter (OTC) medications are included along with a chapter focusing on the dangers associated with drug interactions. The part concludes with information about the use of probiotics, herbal and dietary supplements, and other forms of complementary and alternative medicine.

Part IV: Medical Diagnosis and Treatment of Contagious Diseases explains the tests and procedures used to identify the presence of microbial infection, including Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria and viruses associated with colds, influenza, and other diseases. Antibiotic and antiviral medications are discussed, and the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance—the way microbes change to counteract the effectiveness of drug treatments—are explained.

Part V: Preventing Contagious Diseases begins with information about a simple practice that is a key element in the fight against the spread of germs—hand washing. It continues with facts about vaccines, another effective tool for halting the proliferation of disease. Information about vaccine recommendations for children, adolescents, and adults is included, and this part also addresses problems associated with vaccines, the vaccine adverse event reporting system, and the difficulties that can arise as a result of vaccine misinformation.

Part VI: Additional Help and Information provides a glossary of terms related to contagious diseases and a directory of resources for additional information.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 6 x 9
  • 550-650 pages per volume
  • Includes access to Health Reference Series Online.
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters
  • Parts focus on broad areas of interest; chapters focus on single topics within a part
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts