Tracking Contagions, From Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

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"Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera--one of history's most disruptive and deadly pathogens--and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today"--
"From the author of The Fever, a wide-ranging inquiry into the origins of pandemics Interweaving history, original reportage, and personal narrative, Pandemic explores the origins of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera-one of history's most disruptive and deadly pathogens-and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs. More than three hundred infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past fifty years, and 90 percent of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. To reveal how that might happen, Sonia Shah tracks each stage of cholera's dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the nineteenth-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in cholera's footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from China's wet markets, the surgical wards of New Delhi, the slums of Port-au-Prince, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast. By delving into the convoluted science, strange politics, and checkered history of one of the world's deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like-and what we can do to prevent it"--
Publisher: New York :, Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2016
Description: viii, 271 pages, 4 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780374122881
Branch Call Number: 362.1 Sha


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Mar 05, 2016

30-starred science and topical reading!

Always re-amazed by this brilliant author, Ms. Sonia Shah, who appears to vacuum up all existing information, data, facts, et cetera, on a subject then organizes into the most cogent and lucid form conceivable to convey to muddling people like myself, who are eternally grateful for all her work and intelligence. Fantastic read!
Interesting to learn that the major donor to WHO is the Gates Foundation, and anyone who disagrees with them at WHO finds themselves looking for another job! No input allowed there!
[And would STRONGLY recommend it to Bill Gates and the Gates Foundation before they finance any further releases of genetically modified mosquitoes - - which were COINCIDENTALLY released 1 to 2 years prior to Zika explosions at the same locations by their Oxitec firm they used to finance! Wonder why the United Nations' WHO never mentions this? Oh yeah, their single largest private donor: the Gates Foundation.]

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