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J Health Commun. 2014 Apr 21:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]

The Life Cycle of a Virus: The Infectious Disease Narrative of NDM-1.

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  • 1a Department of Communication , Pittsburg State University , Pittsburg , Kansas , USA.


This study is a report of a two-part content analysis of domestic and international print news reports (over a 3-year period) that examined how the nature of the New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) virus and the severity of the threat were conveyed to global audiences. In particular, the authors focused on the ongoing crisis narrative of NDM-1 and the potentially negative outcomes of international communication warning and false alarm systems regarding global health threats. The results indicated key differences in media narratives between the initial 2011 outbreak and the 2012 postcrisis state. The authors examine the theoretical and practical implications of the findings as well as key limitations and directions for future research.

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