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By Jon D. Lee

ISBN-10: 0874219280

ISBN-13: 9780874219289

ISBN-10: 0874219299

ISBN-13: 9780874219296

In An Epidemic of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human reaction to epidemics in the course of the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies often reply to the eruption of illness via developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra harmful than the illnesses they reference. the data disseminated via them is usually faulty, incorporating xenophobic reasons of the disease’s origins and questionable scientific information regarding capability treatments and treatment.

Folklore reports brings very important and important views to knowing cultural responses to the outbreak of ailment. via this etiological research Lee exhibits the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of alternative modern ailment outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those ailment narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or illnesses yet are in non-stop movement and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores no matter if this predictability of vernacular ailment narratives provides the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt. or scientific technology to stymie the unwanted effects of the apprehensive rumors that so frequently inflame humanity.

With capability for useful program to public healthiness and healthiness coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors will be of curiosity to scholars and students of health and wellbeing, medication, and folklore.

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Brown 2003). The April 19 edition of the BMJ contained another news story, this one remarking on the difficulty in controlling the virus’s spread (Parry 2003c). But this edition also marked the first time that month that the virus was mentioned in an article outside of the news section. ” The blurb itself was only a short summary of the contents of the two pieces in the journal that did discuss SARS, but it is indicative of the larger state of affairs that it opened the edition. Also indicative was that the first of these two pieces, a lengthy editorial, fronted the editorial section.

Thousands of people were ordered into self-quarantine and told not to leave their homes. New quarantine issues arose the following day when a small number of passengers on international flights contracted SARS from fellow passengers, the extended contact and sharing of air on the flights having provided ideal conditions for the disease to spread. The WHO, in response, requested that Canada, Hong Kong, and Singapore begin screening passengers for SARS symptoms. The airlines complied by passing out self-diagnostic leaflets to passengers containing a series of questions concerning health status and possible prior exposure.

On May 4 alone, 13 new deaths were reported in Asia: 7 in China, 5 in Hong Kong, and 1 in Singapore (Foreman 2003a). On May 4, WHO officials in Hong Kong reported a significant breakthrough in the tracing of disease vectors, as data from recent studies showed that the SARS virus could live for up to four days in human waste—four days for diarrhea and two days for urine or fecal matter. Hong Kong scientists had long suspected that the virus could live in sewage and was at least partly responsible for the contamination of an entire apartment complex after sewage pipes leaked, but they had no proof.

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