The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind?s Gravest Dangers

The Next Pandemic: On the Front Lines Against Humankind?s Gravest Dangers

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610395915
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 05/24/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 314,471
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr. Ali S. Khan is the former director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In more than 20 years at the CDC, his professional career has focused on emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism, and global health security. In that position, he oversaw the national public health–security program with a 1.3 billion budget and 600 employees. The office is responsible for protecting US communities from all public–health threats. Now dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska, he lives in Omaha with his family.

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