The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu

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Macmillan, Aug 22, 2006 - Health & Fitness - 228 pages
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A "brilliant" and "fascinating" investigation of the looming avian flu pandemic—and how we arrived at the brink of a global health catastrophe—The New York Times

The virus known as H5N1 is now endemic among poultry and wild bird populations in East Asia. A flu strain of astonishing lethality, it has a talent for transforming itself to foil the human immune system—and kills two out of every three people it infects. The World Health Organization now warns that avian flu is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious form that could travel at pandemic velocity, killing up to 100 million people within two years.

In The Monster at Our Door, the first book to sound this alarm, our foremost urban and environmental critic reconstructs the scientific and political history of this viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles played by burgeoning slums, the agribusiness and fast-food industries, and corrupt governments. Mike Davis tracks the avian flu crisis as the virus moves west and the world remains woefully unprepared to contain it. With drug companies unwilling to invest in essential vaccines, severe shortages persist, a scenario Davis compares to the sinking Titanic: there are virtually no lifesaving resources available to the poor, and precious few for the rich, too.


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The 2003 avian flu outbreak in China killed more than 100 people in just one week. Over one million chickens were slaughtered in an attempt to contain the disease. Yet smaller outbreaks occurred in ... Read full review

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Spooky - I'd call it alarmist except that the author lets the science do his emoting for him. In light of past pandemics, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to picture what another new-to-humans ... Read full review


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Historian Mike Davis, "America's most incendiary urban critic,"--London Review of Books is the author of many books, including the bestselling City of Quartz and Ecology of Fear. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and a professor at the University of California at Irvine, Davis lives in San Diego.

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