The Next Pandemic

The Next Pandemic

On the Front Lines Against Humankind's Gravest Dangers

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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An inside account of the fight to contain the world's deadliest diseases--and the panic and corruption that make them worse

Throughout history, humankind's biggest killers have been infectious diseases: the Black Death, the Spanish Flu, and AIDS alone account for over one hundred million deaths. We ignore this reality most of the time, but when a new threat--Ebola, SARS, Zika--seems imminent, we send our best and bravest doctors to contain it. People like Dr. Ali S. Khan.

In his long career as a public health first responder--protected by a thin mask from infected patients, napping under nets to keep out scorpions, making life-and-death decisions on limited, suspect information--Khan has found that rogue microbes will always be a problem, but outbreaks are often caused by people. We make mistakes, politicize emergencies, and, too often, fail to imagine the consequences of our actions.

The Next Pandemic is a firsthand account of disasters like anthrax, bird flu, and others--and how we could do more to prevent their return. It is both a gripping story of our brushes with fate and an urgent lesson on how we can keep ourselves safe from the inevitable next pandemic.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781610395915
Branch Call Number: 362.1 Kha
Characteristics: x, 275 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Patrick, William 1948-- Author

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rpavlacic
Feb 18, 2019

Very good overview on fighting the world's most difficult diseases, from a former insider at the CDC. Among the insights are why it took nearly seven years to find the person behind the 2001 anthrax attacks (even though the answer, in retrospect, was staring in the faces of the investigators); how the eradication of smallpox actually allowed other diseases to spread like wildfire; and why corporate agriculture has a large part of the blame when it comes to outbreaks that infect farms so frequently.

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blue_cat_6622
Jul 31, 2017

In this book, Ali Khan highlights specific examples of flaws in our world's public health system. The book warns us of the potential consequences of those flaws in the event of a pandemic.

This book is highly informative and could be interpreted as "speculative non-fiction."

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