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Hantavirus in the Americas

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$14.00 Latin America and the Caribbean / $18.00 Elsewhere

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Order code: TP 47

In 1993, the outbreak of a mysterious, deadly respiratory illness in the southwestern United States made national headlines. When a hantavirus was found to be the culprit, other governments in the Region began to focus greater attention on the presence and effects of hantavirus in their countries. This publication presents an extensive view of what came to be known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS), its clinical manifestations, methods of preventing infection, and measures taken by governments in the Region to monitor hantaviruses and educate health professionals and the general public about the disease.

This comprehensive manual begins by describing the different hanta-viruses known in the Americas and their reservoirs, rodent ecology and zoology, and the epidemiology of human disease in the Region. Upon this foundation, the manual describes the disease's clinical manifestation and diagnosis and presents guidelines for HPS surveillance, treatment, and case management. It also provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for preventing infection in the home, hospital, and laboratory, as well for cleaning rodent-infested areas. The importance of educating health professionals and the general public about the disease is stressed through examples of communication strategies used in different countries of the Region. The publication also provides an overview of communication tools that can be adapted to educate diverse populations about HPS and other communicable diseases.

An essential tool for anyone involved in hantavirus prevention, control, treatment, or health education activities, Hantavirus in the Americas contains useful, stand-alone annexes, such as sample case report forms, guidelines for safe handling and transfer of specimens, educational resources, and descriptions of prevention campaigns undertaken by countries in the Region. The book's handy format allows for quick reproduction and distribution of the annexes and infection prevention and control measures.


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