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Outbreak Investigations Around the World
Case Studies in Infectious Disease Field Epidemiology

Author(s): Dr. Mark S. Dworkin, MD, MPH&TM, FACP, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health
  • ISBN-13: 9780763751432
  • ISBN-10:076375143X
  • Paperback    456 pages      © 2010
Price: $169.95 US List
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Outbreak Investigations Around the World is a collection of 19 case studies – some never before published – that uncover the details of actual infectious disease outbreaks from within the U.S. and around the world. Each case study is retold by the investigator who recalls the critical issues considered along the way. Investigators share valuable lessons learned, providing exceptional and unique educational value to each of the chapters.

Some of the most interesting investigations included in the text are:

Legionnaires’ pneumonia in Philadelphia
The beginning of the AIDS epidemic
The anthrax investigations in New York City
A cluster of pork tapeworm infections in Orthodox Jews
An Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Africa
A syphilis outbreak associated with an internet chat room
A deadly hepatitis B outbreak in an Israeli hospital. 
Ideal as a primary or complementary text for courses in epidemiology, public health, infectious diseases, microbiology, or emergency preparedness, these case studies will bring to life the classic functions of field epidemiology and the application of epidemiological methods to unexpected health problems that require fast, on-site investigation and timely intervention. This text could also serve as a valuable reference for public health investigators and officials seeking insight and review of this critical area of epidemiology.

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Contributor List  
  Chapter 1 How an Outbreak is Investigated  
  Chapter 2 Leptospirosis at the Bubbles  
  Chapter 3 Cholera for a Dime  
  Chapter 4 Legionnaires’ Disease: Investigation of an Outbreak of a New Disease  
  Chapter 5 The Investigation of Toxic Shock Syndrome in Wisconsin, 1979-1980 and Beyond  
  Chapter 6 The Early Days of AIDS in the United States: A Personal Perspective  
  Chapter 7 Verify the Diagnosis: A Pseudo-outbreak of Amebiasis in Los Angeles County  
  Chapter 8 Measles Among Religiously Exempt Persons  
  Chapter 9 An Outbreak of Fulminant Hepatitis B in a Medical Ward in Israel  
  Chapter 10 What Went Wrong? An Ancient Recipe Associated with Botulism in Modern Egypt  
  Chapter 11 Controlling an Outbreak of Shigellosis with a Community-Wide Intervention in Lexington, Kentucky  
  Chapter 12 Pork Tapeworm in an Orthodox Jewish Community: Arriving at a Biologically Plausible Hypothesis  
  Chapter 13 The Massive Waterborne Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Infections, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1993  
  Chapter 14 A Community Outbreak of Hepatitis A Involving Cooperation Between Public Health, the Media, and Law Enforcement, Iowa, 1997  
  Chapter 15 Tracking a Syphilis Outbreak Through Cyberspace  
  Chapter 16 Eschar: The Story of the New York City Department of Health 2001 Anthrax Investigation  
  Chapter 17 Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Gabon: Chaos to Control  
  Chapter 18 Whipping Whooping Cough in Rock Island County, Illinois  
  Chapter 19 Emergency Yellow Fever Mass Vaccination in Post-Civil War Liberia  
  Chapter 20 A Mumps Epidemic – Iowa, 2006  

Dr. Mark S. Dworkin, MD, MPH&TM, FACP-Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health

Dr. Mark S. Dworkin is a medical epidemiologist and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  After receiving his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, he trained in Internal Medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, and in Infectious Diseases at Tulane University Medical Center where he also obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from the Tulane University School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health in New Orleans. 

For 2 years he served in the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service stationed at the Washington State Department of Health, where he investigated many outbreaks including those due to pertussis, Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Trichinella, and measles. Dr. Dworkin worked at the CDC in Atlanta for 4 years in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and performed many epidemiologic analyses related to opportunistic infections.  During 2000 to 2006, he was the Illinois Department of Public Health State Epidemiologist in the Division of Infectious Diseases and team leader for the Rapid Response Team (an outbreak investigation team).  Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois-School of Public Health, an attending physician at the HIV outpatient Core Center of the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital), provides on-call coverage to a private practice infectious disease group in the Chicago area, and lectures at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. 

Dr. Dworkin has authored or co-authored many scientific publications on various topics including outbreak investigations, surveillance, HIV/AIDS opportunistic infections, salmonellosis, tick-borne illnesses, and vaccine-preventable infections. Dr. Dworkin was awarded both the Commendation Medal and the Achievement Medal by the United States Public Health Service. 

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  • "...a fascinating look at some epidemiologic challenges... The book does more than simply establish the timelines involved in these outbreaks. It actually brings the reader into the investigation, imparting a broader understanding of everything involved in an investigation as well as the perspectives behind outbreak investigations, including politics (which organization will get the credit?), personal interests (what is the best way to avoid taking the blame for an outbreak?), and personal needs (who will write the paper?). ...the book provides a wealth of experience in outbreak investigations, imparting invaluable knowledge obtained the hard way in situations that may not arise often but that are singularly important when they do."

    --Journal of the American Medical Association, (JAMA. 2010;303(1):77.)

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