A deadly cloud of anthrax spores settles unnoticed over a crowded football stadium...A drug-resistant strain of E. coli spreads to thousands of children through an elementary school kitchen...A lethal mist of smallpox disappears into the air of a shopping mall on the busiest day of the year...These three scenarios provide the backdrop for a chilling expose of America's vulnerability to terrorism. An adviser to government and industry, and a frequent guest on American television, noted epidemiologist Michael Osterholm knows the devastation that these invisible, silent killers can deliver - and is convinced that it is just a matter of time before there is just such an attack on American soil. Living Terrors dramatizes in shocking, instructive detail what these contagions could unleash and exposes an American infrastructure that is unprepared to respond to such a threat. The authors then use their expertise to create a multipoint plan to correct the weaknesses, and prepare the nation to combat viral war.
Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D, M.P.H., the former Minnesota State epidemiologist and former Chair and CEO, ican, INC., has been an internationally recognized leader in the area of infectious diseases for the past two decades. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the CDC, NIH, FDA, and others, and served as a personal advisor to the late King Hussein of Jordan on bioterrorism. He has led numerous successful investigations into infectious disease outbreaks of global importance. A frequent lecturer around the world, he is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and is a professor at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. John Schwartz is a reporter at The New York Times; he covers technology and business.