For information about current or recent outbreaks, consult the following resources.
• ProMEDmail (http://www.promedmail.org) is the best source for up-to-the-minute information from around the world. Sign up for e-mail alerts.
• The Clinician Registry for Terrorism and Emergency Response Update (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/clinregistry/index.asp) delivers timely e-mails on emergent issues, including infectious diseases, from a CDC service.
• The Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report (http://www.cdc.gov/ mmwr/) provides epidemiologic information on on-going and recently completed investigations.
• The World Health Organization Disease Outbreak News (http://www.who.int/csr/don/en/) provides official information from around the globe, including infectious diseases.
• Control of Communicable Diseases Manual by David L. Heyman, ed. (Washington DC: American Public Health Association, 2004).
The following books examine how infectious diseases shaped the course of human history and the development of civilizations.
• Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (New York: Norton,W.W. & Company, 1997).
• Plagues and Peoples by William McNeill (New York: Doubleday Books, 1977).
These two volumes offer detailed and accessible glimpses into the world of infectious disease and outbreak detection.
• Control of Communicable Diseases Manual by David L. Heyman, ed. (Washington, DC: American Public Health Association, 2004).
• Eleven Blue Men and Other Narratives of Medical Detection by Berton Roueche (Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1953).
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