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War Without An Army: Responding To Infectious Disease Catastrophes In A Globalized World

January 24, 2018

Joseph Fair

Dr. Joseph Fair

Dr. Joseph Fair, a modern-day international disease detective, will lead a discussion titled “War Without an Army: Responding to Infectious Disease Catastrophes in a Globalized World” at the Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service on Jan 31 at 5:30 p.m. in the Presidential Library Orientation Theater of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

Even with groundbreaking advances in modern medicine, disease and plague still threaten the developing world and have the potential to become global disasters.

Fair travels the world in search of plagues before they become global disasters. He has a unique ability to take the complexities of natural disasters, outbreaks, and pandemics, as well as the convergence of factors leading to a rise in the tide of emerging infectious diseases and break them into simple-to-understand concepts.

Fair has authored or coauthored more than 45 peer-reviewed articles on virology, public health, emergency response, and virus hunting in disease “hotspots” around the world and works as an international outbreak responder.

He has been highlighted by 60 Minutes, The Washington Post, CNN, Al Jazeera, NPR, Vice News, NBC News, and other media outlets. In addition to his media appearances, Fair has risen to prominence as an international leader in outbreak response and has appeared on congressional and Senate panels with the most senior leadership in US and international governments, where his ability to break down concepts and explain how outbreaks happen has been considered invaluable to decision and policy makers.

A reception will precede the event from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and registration is open at