Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

by David Quammen

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Overview

"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." —Dwight Garner, New York Times

The next big human pandemic—the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza—is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393239225
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/24/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 13,467
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored with the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an award in the art of the essay from PEN, and (three times) the National Magazine Award. Quammen is also a contributing writer for National Geographic. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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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