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By Jon D. Lee

ISBN-10: 0874219299

ISBN-13: 9780874219296

In a virulent disease of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human reaction to epidemics during the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies frequently reply to the eruption of disorder via developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra destructive than the illnesses they reference. the knowledge disseminated via them is usually misguided, incorporating xenophobic reasons of the disease's origins and questionable clinical information regarding capability remedies and treatment.

Folklore reports brings very important and necessary views to knowing cultural responses to the outbreak of disorder. via this etiological learn Lee exhibits the similarities among the narratives of the SARS outbreak and the narratives of different modern sickness outbreaks like AIDS and the H1N1 virus. His research means that those illness narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or illnesses yet are in non-stop stream and are recycled opportunistically. Lee additionally explores even if this predictability of vernacular sickness narratives offers the chance to create counter-narratives published systematically from the govt or scientific technology to stymie the unwanted effects of the worried rumors that so frequently inflame humanity.

With capability for sensible program to public overall healthiness and healthiness coverage, an outbreak of Rumors can be of curiosity to scholars and students of overall healthiness, drugs, and folklore.

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Cohen 2003). A day later, the residents of the quarantined apartment block in Hong Kong were relocated to isolation camps after the initial quarantine proved ineffective. US President George Bush echoed concern over infectious spreaders, issuing an executive order on April 4 that permitted the quarantining of healthy people suspected of having SARS but not yet displaying symptoms (“Timeline for SARS” 2003). Both the BMJ and The Lancet were curiously devoid of SARS-related articles on April 5. It was, admittedly, too early in the epidemic for scientists to have begun publishing peer-reviewed papers describing their work with the disease, but in the BMJ ’s first April edition, the only mention of the disease came via a report in the journal’s news section.

According to one news article, this could be traced to locals seeking fresh air and open spaces, two commodities seen as healthful and lacking in the overcrowded cities. Locals seeking less crowded areas also meant that bike rental shops often rented out their entire stock, and park attendance surged by 75 percent. At least one business that rented out plots of land for people to try their hand at organic farming said business was up by 700 percent (M. Wong 2003a). At the end of May, the government in Hong Kong passed laws designed to promote hygienic practices, and thus ward off SARS, among public housing tenants by punishing them for failing to keep their residences clean.

Perhaps, these researchers said, we are creating the perfect situation for viral spread: “When animals arrive from other locations and commingle, you see disease outbreaks,” remarked Linda Saif, professor of food animal health at Ohio State University (Fox 2003b). Researchers in Hong Kong partially confirmed the animal origins of the virus on May 24, when they announced they had found evidence of the virus in three small mammals, including the civet cat. It was still too early at this point to determine whether the animals gave the virus to humans or caught it from them.

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