St. Louis Encephalitis

edited by Thomas P. Monath. xx + 680 pages, illustrated. American Public Health Association, 1015 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. 1980. $20.00

William F. Scherer Department of Microbiology Cornell University Medical College, New York, New York 20021

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This book presents information concerning St. Louis encephalitis, its history, the virus, epidemiology and epizootiology, clinical aspects, diagnosis, prevention and control. It is essential reading for persons requiring indepth, up-to-date facts and theories about St. Louis encephalitis.

The book begins with a perceptive Foreword by William C. Reeves and by a delightfully written, often personal, viewpoint of the history of St. Louis encephalitis by Roy W. Chamberlain. Since its discovery in 1933, St. Louis encephalitis virus has been estimated to have been the cause of as many as 10,000 cases of illness and 1,000 deaths. Dr. Reeves contends, however, that with appropriate control of mosquito vectors St. Louis encephalitis is a preventable disease within the current level of scientific knowledge and technical competence.

The editor, Dr. Monath, has arranged the sequence of topics logically to result in little overlap of subject matter.Information acquired during the 50 years since St. Louis

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