Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond

Sonia Shah


Scientists agree pathogen is probably going to reason an international pandemic within the close to destiny. yet which one? And how?

Over the prior fifty years, greater than 300 infectious ailments have both newly emerged or reemerged, showing in territories the place they’ve by no means been visible earlier than. 90 percentage of epidemiologists anticipate that one in all them will reason a perilous pandemic someday within the subsequent generations. it can be Ebola, avian flu, a drug-resistant superbug, or anything thoroughly new. whereas we can’t comprehend which pathogen will reason the subsequent pandemic, through unraveling the tale of ways pathogens have brought on pandemics some time past, we will make predictions in regards to the destiny. In Pandemic: monitoring Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, the prizewinning journalist Sonia Shah―whose publication on malaria, The Fever, was once referred to as a “tour-de-force historical past” (The long island Times) and “revelatory” (The New Republic)―interweaves historical past, unique reportage, and private narrative to discover the origins of contagions, drawing parallels among cholera, one in all history’s most dangerous and disruptive pandemic-causing pathogens, and the recent illnesses that stalk humankind today.

To show how a brand new pandemic may well improve, Sonia Shah tracks each one degree of cholera’s dramatic trip, from its emergence within the South Asian hinterlands as a risk free microbe to its speedy dispersal around the nineteenth-century global, the entire technique to its newest beachhead in Haiti. alongside the best way she studies at the pathogens now following in cholera’s footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her family to the never-before-seen killers popping out of China’s rainy markets, the surgical wards of latest Delhi, and the suburban backyards of the East Coast.

By delving into the convoluted technological know-how, unusual politics, and checkered heritage of 1 of the world’s deadliest ailments, Pandemic reveals what the following international contagion may perhaps appear like― and what we will be able to do to avoid it.

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