Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused it. (Paperback)
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Short Description for Flu Describes the great flu epidemic of 1918, an outbreak that killed some forty million people worldwide, and discusses the efforts of scientists and public health officials to understand and prevent another lethal pandemic.
- Published: 09 January 2001
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780743203982 ISBN 10: 0743203984
- Sales rank: 209,650
Full description for Flu
When we think of plagues, we think of AIDS, Ebola, anthrax spores, and, of course, the Black Death. But in 1918 the Great Flu Epidemic killed an estimated 40 million people virtually overnight. If such a plague returned today, taking a comparable percentage of the U.S. population with it, 1.5 million Americans would die. In "Flu, " Gina Kolata, an acclaimed reporter for "The New York Times, " unravels the mystery of this lethal virus with the high drama of a great adventure story. From Alaska to Norway, from the streets of Hong Kong to the corridors of the White House, Kolata tracks the race to recover the live pathogen and probes the fear that has impelled government policy. A gripping work of science writing, "Flu" addresses the prospects for a great epidemic's recurrence and considers what can be done to prevent it.