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Released: 2012-10-01

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen


A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human ailments.

The emergence of peculiar new diseases is a daunting drawback that appears to be getting worse. In this age of rapid go back and forth, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something known as Hendra killing horses and other people in Australia—but those studies leave out the enormous actuality that such phenomena are part of a single sample. The bugs that transmit these ailments share one thing: they originate in wild animals and go to humans by way of a course of called spillover. David Quammen tracks this topic around the globe. He recounts adventures in the box—netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo—with the world’s leading disease scientists. In Spillover Quammen takes the reader alongside on this excellent quest to analyze how, the place from, and why these ailments emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What may the next big one be?

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Creator: David Quammen Writer: W. W. Norton & Com.. Binding: Hardcover Language: English Pages: 592

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