PATIENT ZERO: Solving The Mysteries of Deadly Epidemics
by Marilee Peters
Spring 2021 – revised edition with a new chapter on Covid-19 – Annick Press (US)
Engrossing true stories of the pioneers of epidemiology who risked their lives to find the source of deadly diseases—now revised to include updated information and a new chapter on Covid-19.
More people have died in disease epidemics than in wars or other disasters, but the process of identifying these diseases and determining how they spread is often a terrifying gamble. Epidemiologists have been ignored, mocked, or silenced all while trying to protect the population and identify “patient zero”—the first person to have contracted the disease, and a key piece in solving the epidemic puzzle.
PATIENT ZERO tracks the gripping tales of eight epidemics and pandemics—how they started, how they spread, and the fight to stop them. This revised edition combines a brand-new design with updated information and features diseases such as Spanish Influenza, Ebola, and AIDS, as well as a new chapter on Covid-19.
Marilee Peters is a former librarian who over the years has written about politics, theater, the environment, parenting, farming, and health, among other topics. This is her first book for children. She lives with her family in Vancouver, BC.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS:
“The book reads like a thriller, with gripping accounts of how these diseases affected people.” —School Library Journal
“The mysterious nature of unexplained epidemics is perfectly captured.” —Kirkus Reviews