In 1933, Paul De Kruif published a book called Men Against Death, which told of heroes of medicine who spent their lives battling infectious disease. An inspirational title, except for a small omission. One of the book’s central heroes fighting death wasn’t a man but a pioneering woman.
Geographic and environmental boundaries that once protected us from widespread disease outbreaks are no more, says William Karesh. He calls for the West to adopt a "prevention is better than cure" approach to human and animal health.
While a mathematical model of flu transmission is supposed to be able to predict which regions/countries will be most concerned by the pandemic in the near future, another group of researchers develops strategies to reduce the spread of resistance to the commonly used flu drugs.