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Propagating Visions of a Forest Reservoir: A Supposed Zoonotic Outbreak in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana.

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Abstract

When examined closely, the backgrounds of some of the most widely cited origin stories for zoonotic disease outbreaks have been found to be irreconcilable with empirical data. Stated simply, these explanatory landscapes do not appear to have existed. Here, I present a detailed case study of one such fictional landscape, that of a monkey-filled forest which was identified as the source of a suspected zoonotic outbreak in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana in 2010. Taking my approach from cultural epidemiology, I elucidate the mechanisms by which this fictional landscape was constructed and transmitted among the professionals involved in the response.

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Ghana, epidemiology, forest, outbreak, reservoir, zoonoses, Humans, Ghana, Anthropology, Medical, Disease Outbreaks, Forests

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Med Anthropol

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0145-9740
1545-5882

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42

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Informa UK Limited
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European Commission (278976)