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By Jon D. Lee

ISBN-10: 0874219280

ISBN-13: 9780874219289

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In An Epidemic of Rumors, Jon D. Lee examines the human reaction to epidemics throughout the lens of the 2003 SARS epidemic. Societies frequently reply to the eruption of disorder by means of developing tales, jokes, conspiracy theories, legends, and rumors, yet those narratives are usually extra harmful than the illnesses they reference. the knowledge disseminated via them is frequently misguided, incorporating xenophobic factors of the disease’s origins and questionable scientific information regarding power therapies and treatment.

Folklore experiences brings vital and helpful views to realizing cultural responses to the outbreak of affliction. via this etiological learn 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 illness narratives don't spring up with new outbreaks or ailments yet are in non-stop circulate 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 anxious rumors that so frequently inflame humanity.

With capability for sensible program to public overall healthiness and overall healthiness coverage, An Epidemic of Rumors will be of curiosity to scholars and students of healthiness, drugs, and folklore.

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In the Toronto area alone, some 7,000 people had been quarantined. However, there were only 57 cases of SARS reported elsewhere in the country, and all 14 SARSrelated deaths had occurred in Toronto (“CDC Team Arrives in Toronto” 2003). Because of these numbers, on April 23, the WHO extended its travel advisory to cover, among other places, Toronto, giving this Canadian city the dubious honor of being the only location outside of Asia to have warranted such a warning (“New SARS Travel Warning Issued” 2003).

Although the rest of China was still struggling, Beijing declared on May 9 that its efforts to contain the epidemic appeared to be successful: the number of new reported daily cases had declined from 70 to 80 per day—a plateau prior to May 2—to 30 to 40 per day. 3 percent in the same period (“Beijing Hopeful of SARS Decline” 2003). For the exchange students who had previously been told they would not be accepted into US programs, slight relief came when the University of California, Berkeley rescinded part of their earlier ban and announced it would allow roughly eighty students from China, Hong Chronicle of a Health Panic 27 Kong, and Taiwan to attend school over the summer—though the school still planned on barring over five hundred others (“Berkeley Eases SARS Restrictions” 2003).

Hong Kong at this point . . I think it would be prudent to say it’s here to stay” (Stein 2003). Similar comments were made worldwide, with experts beginning to think that SARS had become so widespread that its eradication would prove impossible. They predicted SARS would crop up seasonally, much like the common cold. April also continued to bring bad news to residents of the Toronto area. On April 22, the CDC sent specialists to the city to help contain the spread of SARS, Toronto having been deemed key in successful North American containment.

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