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Grantee Sonia Shah Discusses 'Pandemic' at Politics and Prose

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February 26, 2016 | 7:00 PM EST
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Pulitzer Center grantee Sonia Shah discusses her fourth book, Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond, on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC.

"Over 300 infectious diseases have newly emerged or re-emerged in new territory over the past 50 years, and 90% of epidemiologists expect that one of them will cause a disruptive, deadly pandemic sometime in the next two generations. But which one? And how?" asks the book's website

Shah is a science journalist whose book, The Fever, was called a "tour-de-force history" by The New York Times and "revelatory" by The New Republic.

"In this absorbing, complex, and ominous look at the dangers posed by pathogens in our daily lives, science journalist Shah (The Fever) cautions that there are no easy solutions," writes Publishers Weekly about Pandemic. "Shah's warning is certainly troubling, and this important medical and social history is worthy of attention—and action."

Shah's Washington, DC, visit follows stops in New York including at the New York Academy of Medicine and Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium partner Westchester Community College.

Sonia Shah
Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond
Friday, February 26, 2016
7:00 PM
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008


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