Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 1, 2012 - Science - 592 pages
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“Science writing as detective story at its best.” —Jennifer Ouellette, Scientific American

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Scientific American Best Book of the Year, and a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ebola, SARS, Hendra, AIDS, and countless other deadly viruses all have one thing in common: the bugs that transmit these diseases all originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In this gripping account, David Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge and asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?


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User Review  - UberButter - LibraryThing

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen 585 pages ★★★ This book title is pretty self explanatory. It’s about diseases that are passed on from animal to human ... Read full review

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User Review  - AnnieMod - LibraryThing

Do you know what is zoonosis? No? Don't worry - you will know on page 14 and by page 100, you will know so much about it that you will not even remember you did not know what it is. Why would you want ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

David Quammen is the author of The Song of the Dodo, among other books. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is the recipient of a John Burroughs Medal and the National Magazine Award. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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