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Global Epidemics, Local Implications

African Immigrants and the Ebola Crisis in Dallas

In December 2013, a series of Ebola infections in Meliandou, Guinea, set off a chain of events culminating in the world's largest Ebola epidemic. Concerns about the virus in the United States reached a peak when Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting family in Dallas, became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola and die of the disease on US soil.

In Global Epidemics, Local Implications, Kevin J. A. Thomas highlights the complex ways in which disease outbreaks that begin in one part of the world affect the lives of immigrants in another. Drawing on information gleaned from a community survey, participant observations, government documents, and newspapers, Thomas examines both how African immigrants were negatively affected by the backlash they received from the public and their agency and resilience in responding to the consequences of epidemic.

Thomas describes how racial and ethnic stereotypes identified African immigrants as targets of stigma during everyday interactions. He demonstrates how these immigrants pushed back by drawing on the strength of their community. Ultimately, Global Epidemics, Local Implications shows how these responses, which include local efforts to curb the spread of Ebola in Dallas and their international efforts to fight against the disease in West Africa, underscore the importance of immigrant resources for developing public health interventions.

About the Author

Kevin J. A. Thomas is an associate professor of sociology at the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Contract Workers, Risk, and the War in Iraq: Sierra Leonean Labor Migrants at US Military Bases and Diverse Pathways: Race and the Incorporation of Black, White, and Arab-Origin Africans in the United States.

Endorsements

"Taking a well-articulated case study approach, Thomas highlights the impact of global epidemics across the social and economic development spectrum. Covering the necessary biological, social, and structural influences on the Ebola virus disease process, as well as global and local community response to the Ebola outbreak, this book will be of interest to a broad readership. It will also be a very useful teaching tool."

- Tia McGill Rogers, PhD, MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

"Global Epidemics, Local Implications offers a masterful case study of the Ebola outbreak in Dallas to show how partnering with its African immigrant community, rather than blaming and stigmatizing it, ultimately worked to defuse the crisis. A must-read for all who care about health in a globalized world."

- Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University, author of Brokered Boundaries: Creating Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times
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