The Fatal Strain: On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic

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Penguin, Nov 12, 2009 - Science - 416 pages
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In 2009, Swine Flu reminded us that pandemics still happen, and award- winning journalist Alan Sipress reminds us that far worse could be brewing. When a highly lethal strain of avian flu broke out in Asia in 2003 and raced westward, Sipress, as a reporter for The Washington Post, tracked the virus across nine countries, watching its secrets elude the world's brightest scientists and most intrepid disease hunters. A vivid portrayal of the struggle between man and microbe, The Fatal Strain is a fast-moving account that weaves cultural, political, and scientific strands into a tale of inevitable pandemic.

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THE FATAL STRAIN: On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic

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A grim, harrowing account of what is happening—and not happening—in Southeast Asia as countries confront bird flu.Former Washington Post business editor and foreign correspondent Sipress spent years ... Read full review

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Arriving at a time when H1N1 influenza is a staple daily news item, Sipress (deputy financial editor, Washington Post) does not intend to calm fears here. As a correspondent in Southeast Asia, he was ... Read full review


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Alan Sipress is economics editor at The Washington Post and a longtime foreign correspondent, based most recently in Southeast Asia. In 2005, a Post team he anchored was awarded the Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline Writing for coverage of the South Asian tsunami. This is his first book. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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