Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic Author:David Quammen The next big human pandemic---bigger than AIDS or the 1918 influenza---is likely to be caused by a zoonotic virus, one which jumps from a wild animal to infect a human host. Experts call such an event "a spillover," and they warn us to brace ourselves. — David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the roof... more »tops 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?« less