On The Trail Of Avian Flu And The Coming Pandemic
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A riveting account of why science alone can't stop the next
pandemic When avian flu began spreading across Asia in the
early-2000s, it reawakened fears that had lain dormant for
nearly a century. During the outbreak's deadliest years,
Alan Sipress chased the virus as it infiltrated remote
jungle villages and teeming cities and saw its mysteries
elude the world's top scientists. In The Fatal Strain,
Sipress details how socioeconomic and political realities in
Asia make it the perfect petri dish in which the
fast-mutating strain can become easily communicable among
humans. Once it does, the ease and speed of international
travel and worldwide economic interdependence could make it
as destructive as the flu pandemic of 1918. In his vivid
portrayal of the struggle between man and microbe, Sipress
gives a front-line view of the accelerating number of near
misses across Asia and the terrifying truth that the
prospects for this impending health crisis may well be in
the hands of cockfighters, live chicken merchants, and witch
doctors rather than virologists or the World Health
Organization. Like The Hot Zone and The Great Influenza, The
Fatal Strain is a fast-moving account that brings the
inevitability of an epidemic into a fascinating cultural,
scientific, and political narrative.
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