The 20th edition of the “Control of Communicable Diseases Manual,” which includes new updates on Ebola, West Nile virus and Middle East respiratory syndrome, is designed to serve as a comprehensive field manual for epidemiologists and public health practitioners working to control and curb infectious disease. All 138 chapters of the new edition have been updated with the latest information and three diseases — Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus and Rift Valley Fever — now have their own chapters.
To aid in the Ebola outbreak, APHA has made the manual’s Ebola chapter free to download.
In addition, the manual contains a new chapter on the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health and the critical role of partnerships between public health practitioners, veterinarians and ecologists.
“We can learn a lot from the agents of infectious diseases,” said David Satcher of Morehouse School of Medicine and a former U.S. surgeon general in an APHA news release. “They teach us the value of eternal vigilance and the price of neglect of our public health infrastructure. We need CCDM to remind us of the challenge we face and to keep us updated as to the latest approaches to control of these communicable disease agents.”
To pick up a copy of the brand new edition, stop by APHA Press at the Public Health Expo or visit APHA Press online.