1. Marilynn Marchione, ‘‘Anatomy of an Epidemic,’’ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
4 May 2003, a1.
2. Marchione, ‘‘Anatomy of an Epidemic,’’ a1. My conclusions about sars cov-
erage are based on my reading of roughly 120 articles from a variety of newspapers
and magazines worldwide, including the New York Times, Newsweek, the New
Yorker, Time, the South China Morning Post, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star,
the Independent (London), the Irish Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the
Washington Post, the New Straits Times (Malaysia), the Milwaukee Journal Sen-
tinel, the Australian, the Plain Dealer (Cleveland), the Boston Globe, the Pitts-
burgh Post-Gazette, the Straits Times (Singapore), the Age (Melbourne), Rocky
Mountain News (Denver), Harper’s, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
3. Richard M. Krause sounded the warning in his 1981 book, The Restless Tide:
The Persistent Challenge of the Microbial World, and the phenomenon was named
with a conference at the end of the decade. See chapter 1 herein for a more
extended discussion of these events. Not all ‘‘emerging infections’’ are communi-
cable via the routes of human transmission, but the ones featured in the outbreak
narratives typically are, and they are the topic of this book.
4. The Coming Plague is the title of Laurie Garrett’s 1994 nonfiction bestseller
that helped to bring the threat of disease emergence to the attention of the public.
5. Although researchers eventually determined that sars did not spread as
easily as had first been feared and that many people developed antibodies without
becoming sick, the anxiety generated by the disease never fully dissipated. That
anxiety, as I will argue in this book, registers the powerful conventions of the story
of disease emergence and containment. On the fear generated by the epidemic, see
Karl Taro Greenfield, China Syndrome: The Killer Virus that Crashed the Middle
Kingdom (New York: HarperCollins, 2006).
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