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Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Book: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Recommended by: Kara, Library Page

When a virus that usually only sickens animals jumps species to infect humans its called a spillover, and some of them, such as Ebola, hantavirus, and HIV, have devastating effects on us.  In this fascinating book, author David Quammen explains how, when, and why such viruses spill over, and what can be done to prevent a spillover from causing a pandemic like the 1918 flu.  While Quammen sticks close to the latest science, explaining difficult concepts in an eloquent, conversational style, this is no dry science book!  Be prepared to go on an Indiana Jones-worthy adventure to all corners of the globe, from Gabon on the trail of the origins of AIDS, to southern China and Singapore to discover just how scary SARS really was (hint: really scary). 


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