Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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by David Quammen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393066800

ISBN-13: 9780393066807

Pub. Date: 10/01/2012

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia—but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The

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The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia—but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field—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 along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393066807
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
507,243
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.56(d)

Table of Contents

I Pale Horse 11

II Thirteen Gorillas 51

III Everything Comes from Somewhere 125

IV Dinner at the Rat Farm 165

V The Deer, the Parrot, and the Kid Next Door 209

VI Going Viral 261

VII Celestial Hosts 311

VIII The Chimp and the River 383

IX It Depends 491

Notes 523

Bibliography 531

Acknowledgments 559

Index 563

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Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
T_inSanDiego More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I'm a microbiology geek but haven't been around the subject for years. Spillover doesn't dummy-down the facts like so many other books. Quammen describes the facts clearly yet doesn't bog down on the details, e.g., differences between DNA and RNA viruses and why its important to know those differences. I found it amazingly informative and entertaining. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon during a couple of the ebola outbreaks. Reading about those outbreaks from a scientist/CDC persepective was especially interesting. Non-scientist will love this book if they have any interest in diseases and how they spread.
McFriendly More than 1 year ago
While this book was well written and imparted a lot of good information - especially on the origins of HIV/AIDS - some of it was a bit on the dense scientific side... that said, the author's pointing out HOW diseases cross the species barrier was scary and things got really interesting when he brought us along on his journeys to some of Africa's hot spots for a first hand look.
SongSanDiego More than 1 year ago
Even though I am not a scientist, I read extensively about biology, genetics, microbiology, etc. This book may be a little over your head if you are a complete stanger to the world of microbiology, but if you have a patient and curious mind, you will find a wonderful and scary world of germs. The writing is not hard. The content is hard. Incredible research. I've learned so much from this book. I would like to read more books by this author.
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A very interesting read especially considering the recent and deadly outbreak of Ebola on the African continent.
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Thought provoking, thorough, and readable by the non-scientist. If you have an interest in true stories about pandemics, and love piecing ideas together, this book is for you.
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I hate this book because it is too much money
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Great Book! Must read! As long as you can understand (and withstand) the dry scientific language throughout. Should have an interest in microbiology/infectious disease/
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Be the best informed on your block about how previously unknown diseases come after our species. The author follows the diseases and the experts worldwide, mistakenly believing he's on public television. Oh, wait, he works for National Geographic. But I agree with those who say it's thought-provoking, and I'll recommend the book to friends.
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If you like science involving animals and stuff i really reccomend this book for you to read. But if some of you think that science lovers are geeks and you totally think that science is geeky and boring then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK but otherwise you science lovers I recommend this book to you. So happy reading amd I hope you love the book. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! PLEASE.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, and scary. We need to pull it out, in so many ways.
BeeMD More than 1 year ago
Reads like a detective story (actually several) and is informative about details of certain diseases which I thought I understood pretty well. May not be for everyone.
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