Zika by Donald G. McNeil Jr.
The Emerging Epidemic

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In a no-nonsense, declarative writing style, Mr. McNeil tells the history of humanity’s relationship with the Zika virus, recounting how an equatorial African microbe surfaced in the Yap Islands in the Pacific in 2007, infecting 73 percent of the population in just five months.
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A gripping narrative about the origins and spread of the Zika virus by New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr.


Until recently, Zika—once considered a mild disease—was hardly a cause for global panic. But as early as August 2015, doctors in northeast Brazil began to notice a trend: many mothers who had recently experienced symptoms of the Zika virus were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a serious disorder characterized by unusually small heads and brain damage.


By early 2016, Zika was making headlines as evidence mounted—and eventually confirmed—that microcephaly is caused by the virus, which can be contracted through mosquito bites or sexually transmitted.


The first death on American soil, in February 2016, was confirmed in Puerto Rico in April. The first case of microcephaly in Puerto Rico was confirmed on May 13, 2016. The virus has been known to be transmitted by the Aedes aegypti or Yellow Fever mosquito, but now Aedes albopictus, the Asian Tiger mosquito, has been found to carry it as well, which means it might affect regions as far north as New England and the Great Lakes. Right now, at least 298 million people in the Americas live in areas “conducive to Zika transmission,” according to a recent study. Over the next year, more than 5 million babies will be born.


In Zika: The Emerging Epidemic, Donald G. McNeil Jr. sets the facts straight in a fascinating exploration of Zika’s origins, how it’s spreading, the race for a cure, and what we can do to protect ourselves now.

 

About Donald G. McNeil Jr.

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Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science reporter covering plagues and pestilences for The New York Times, where he began work as a copy boy in 1976. He is a former Africa correspondent and has reported from fifty-five countries.
 
Published June 28, 2016 by W. W. Norton & Company. 209 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Jun 28 2016

Credit McNeil for a succinct summary of Zika to date, but be forewarned: this is a fast-breaking story, and the last word has yet to come, including how Zika will affect the American population as it journeys north.

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Reviewed by Laurie Garrett on Jul 28 2016

In a no-nonsense, declarative writing style, Mr. McNeil tells the history of humanity’s relationship with the Zika virus, recounting how an equatorial African microbe surfaced in the Yap Islands in the Pacific in 2007, infecting 73 percent of the population in just five months.

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Reviewed by Laurie Garrett on Jul 28 2016

Though slim, with just 174 pages of text and an 11-page question-and-answer section, “Zika” is dense with information. How Mr. McNeil, a science and health reporter for The New York Times, managed to accomplish this so fast I cannot fathom.

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