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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
 
 
Author
David Quammen.
Publisher Norton  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.45 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780393066807
Pages/Publication Date 589/2012
Daedalus Item Code 41484
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(Shortlisted for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, and a 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year) One of the most devastating viruses in modern history, the bug that causes AIDS was introduced to the human world because of a single bloody encounter between a hunter and a chimpanzee in 1908 Cameroon, finds science and travel writer David Quammen—but it is far from the only disease that jumped species to become a human plague. In this "frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story" (Walter Isaacson), Quammen tracks down the origins of Ebola, Marburg, SARS, avian influenza, Lyme disease, and other pathogens that have spilled over from animals to humans. He recounts his own adventures in the field—netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo—with disease scientists around the world, and considers how we might unwittingly unleash the next deadly plague on humanity.

"Exemplary science writer Quammen schools us in the fascinating if alarming facts about zoonotic diseases, animal infections that sicken humans, such as rabies, Ebola, influenza, and West Nile. Zoonoses can escalate rapidly into global pandemics when human-to-human transmission occurs, and Quammen wants us to understand disease dynamics and exactly what's at stake.... Quammen spent six years on this vital, in-depth tour de force in the hope that knowledge will engender preparedness."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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