Pandemic Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond


Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond
Audio CDs in MP3 / English: MP3, 64 kb/s (2 ch) | Duration: 09:34:22 | 2016 | ISBN-10: N/A | ASIN: B01BMNVCFA
Size: 263 MB | Genre: Medicine
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 origin of epidemics, drawing parallels between the story of cholera – one of historys most disruptive and deadly pathogens – and the new pathogens that stalk humankind today, from Ebola and avian influenza to drug-resistant superbugs.
More than 300 infectious diseases have emerged or reemerged in new territory during the past 50 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 choleras dramatic journey from harmless microbe to world-changing pandemic, from its 1817 emergence in the South Asian hinterlands to its rapid dispersal across the 19th-century world and its latest beachhead in Haiti. She reports on the pathogens following in choleras footsteps, from the MRSA bacterium that besieges her own family to the never-before-seen killers emerging from Chinas 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 worlds deadliest diseases, Pandemic reveals what the next epidemic might look like – and what we can do to prevent it.
Sonia Shah (Author, Narrator)
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