How is malaria still around and still infecting hundreds of millions of people around the world? THE FEVER by Sonia Shah is an in-depth look into this mosquito-borne disease. It’s chock full of information, not just the science behind the attempts to rid us of malaria, but also the history.
Some rather fascinating things that have a link to malaria include the unsuccessful attempt to establish a Scottish colony in Panama in the late 17th century. Most of the colonists died of malaria. And the colony was abandoned after just eight months. Spoiler: The immense debt from the failed expedition played a large part in Scotland’s reluctant acceptance of unification with England.
I was interested in reading this book as dengue fever, another mosquito-borne illness, continues to plague Singapore today. Of course these are two very different illnesses and transmitted by two different species of mosquito. But no one seems to have written a book about dengue fever for the average reader.
It’s a bit of a depressing read, when you think of how malaria continues to infect and kill people today. But it’s a very interesting and somewhat approachable book about this disease and how it’s affected the world.
I hadn’t heard of Sonia Shah, I can see now she is highly rated. Although this book is rather expensive in the UK and has no Kindle version, but her book on pandemic seems very popular and available.
I saw a public service broadcast about dengue when I was a child, it looked very scary to me then.
div dir=”ltr”>It would be interesting to read her book about pandemics now. I see th
[…] Ben PhilippeLove Is A Revolution – Renee WatsonAnne of Greenville – Marino TamakiThe Fever – Sonia ShahSpy x Family (vol 3 & 4) – Tatsuya EndoBroken Marino – Waka HirokoIT WAS OK:Bullet […]
Comments are closed.