The 1991 Cholera Epidemic in Peru: Not a Case of Precaution Gone Awry

  title={The 1991 Cholera Epidemic in Peru: Not a Case of Precaution Gone Awry},
  author={Joel A Tickner and Tami Gouveia-Vigeant},
  journal={Risk Analysis},
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