"Levitt, a scientist with the Centers for Disease Control, portrays epidemiologists as disease detectives who tirelessly hunt for clues and excel at deductive reasoning. Even Sherlock Holmes would be proud of this astute group of professionals."—Booklist
"Alexandra Levitt has produced a wonderfully crafted series of stories on how real-world epidemiologists practice the art and science of disease outbreak detection, investigation, and response. ... Anyone with even a passing interest in disease investigation will find Deadly Outbreaks to be a great read."—Stephen Ostroff, MD, Former Deputy Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC and Former Director, Bureau of Epidemiology, Pennsylvania Department of Health
"This terrific book allows us to experience 'shoe-leather' epidemiology at its very best. From the extraordinary detection of West Nile Virus in New York City to the control of drug-resistant malaria in the tropics, this endlessly fascinating book explores the world of epidemiologists at the front line in the global war against outbreaks, pandemics, and never- before-seen deadly pathogens. ... This is an extraordinary read!"—Matt Boulton, MD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Michigan, School of Public Health
"These are gripping, suspenseful stories that are exceptionally well-written and highly instructive. Public health practitioners and students will benefit from the hard-won victories of epidemiologists described here, and in my opinion, one can hardly hope to learn important lessons for the future in a more enjoyable way...."
—Don Hopkins, MD, MPH, Vice President of Health Programs at The Carter Center (from the Foreword to Deadly Outbreaks
About the Author
Alexandra Levitt, PhD
, is an alumna of NYU School of Medicine. She joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC in 1995. There she has prepared policy reports on global health, bioterrorism, and pandemic influenza, and drafted critical case studies of large and unusual outbreak responses. Dr. Levitt resides in Brooklyn, New York.