The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Laurie Garrett
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was treating Bernhard Mandrella for the Lassa virus when he met Kent Campbell?

2. Where did Uwe Brinkmann go after being released from a holding facility in Chapter 4?

3. When does the author write that the Institute of Medicine convened a panel to discuss the severity of a microbial threat to United States citizens in the Introduction?

4. What refers to compulsory isolation, typically to contain the spread of something considered dangerous, often disease?

5. What was the name of Karl Johnson's fiancee who became ill after visiting him in Chapter 1: "Machupo"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where, aside from Jos, did Lassa virus epidemics occur? What was the source of the disease?

2. What did the Centers for Disease Control do upon learning of the Ebola epidemic?

3. How was Lily Pinneo exposed to the Lassa virus? Where was she sent after being infected?

4. Whom does the author describe in the book's Introduction? What questions does she present as indications of her life's work?

5. How does the author describe the initial outbreak of the Ebola virus? How many people initially died in Yambuku?

6. What viruses made impacts in the United States, according to the author in Chapter 6: "American Bicentennial"? When did they occur?

7. What led to the wane of study on parasitic disease? What discoveries were changing the way scientists viewed infectious viruses?

8. Where was Peter Piot sent to research Ebola? Who worked with the CDC in Atlanta?

9. What was the CDC's response to the swine flu epidemic? What resistance was met?

10. In Chapter 2, how does author Laurie Garrett describe the evolution of healthcare following the introduction of antibiotics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the history of the World Bank and its involvement in lending for modernization in underdeveloped nations. What were the impacts of these developments? What obstacles did Joe McCormick encounter in his work in Africa with the Lassa virus? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Define and discuss genetic engineering, slow viruses, retroviruses and oncogenes. When did the greatest developments in genetic engineering take place? How did these developments change the way scientists viewed viruses and bacteria?

Essay Topic 3

Define RNA, DNA, and virus mutation, and discuss the development of the Health Transition. What was the impact of the Health Transition on third world nations? How does the author say health care changed globally after the introduction of antibiotics?

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