Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse In this age of speedy travel it threatens a worldwide pandemic We hear news reports of Ebola SARS AIDS
  • Title: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
  • Author: David Quammen
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  • Page: 402
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  • The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern The bugs that tranThe emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover David Quammen tracks this subject around the world He recounts adventures in the field netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo with the world s leading disease scientists In Spillover Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question What might the next big one be
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    You have to understand I have my phobias So it makes for awkward social encounters Like Mommy, said the little girl in the elevator, Why is that man holding his breath the whole way down from the 16th floor I have been known to say things like, Will you please stop sneezing in the direction of my beer I went to a doctor s office a few years ago Nothing ultimately serious, but possibly so, so that I went for the quickly scheduled appointment even though I was already nursing a bad cold He wouldn [...]

    clsiewert.wordpress 2015 David Quammen is prescient He appears to have predicted the 2014 Ebola outbreak and ability to country jump years before it happened Alright, maybe he isn t a diviner maybe he merely pays attention to the scientists around him After all, there s a reason he is has been given an Academy Award in Literature and is a three time winner of the National Magazine Award Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic explores the science behind human pandemics, and is a [...]

    A zoonosis is an animal infection transmissible to humans There are such diseases than you might expect AIDS is one Influenza is a whole category of others Pondering them as a group tends to reaffirm the old Darwinian truth the darkest of his truths, well known and persistently forgotten that humanity IS a kind of animal, inextricably connected with other animals in origin and in descent, in sickness and in health This is what David Quammen preaches in Spillover Animal Infections and the Next H [...]

    Full disclosure first, I m a fan of this type of non fiction Laurie Garret The Coming Plague, Richard Preston The Hot Zone, Randy Shilts And the Band Played On the list goes on and on I love this stuff But having said that, this is truly the best thing I ve ever read on the subject of infectious agents spilling over from their host species into humans Brilliant, readable and absolutely spell binding, Quammen s description of mutation, illness and the effect of human encroachment into different e [...]

    Disclamer I received this book from the First Reads Giveaway program.I m very grateful that I did I happen to be a physician, specializing in Public Health and Preventive Medicine I work in an environment where epidemiology underlies everything I do Therefore, I feel that I can give an especially educated evaluation of this book.The first thing I would like to comment on is the cover It s an eye catching blurred photograph of a screaming mandrill Everywhere I carried the book which is everywhere [...]

    A spillover occurs when a microbe crosses over from an animal to humans, as an infectious disease David Quammen describes many examples of this SARS, ebola, HIV, influenza, marburg and hendra.Each chapter is a detective story scientists, veterinarians and medical researchers are detectives searching for the source of a disease The source is usually a reservoir an animal that carries the microbe, but is not usually harmed by the microbe And now here s the best part Quammen is not a stay at home r [...]

    4.5 This expos of zoonoses diseases passed from animals to humans is top notch scientific journalism pacey, well structured and entirely gripping Although it s a rather sobering topic, this is not scare mongering for the sake of it indeed, Quammen frankly concludes that we are much likely to die of heart disease or fatal car crashes Yes, we are all gonna die Yes We are all gonna pay taxes and we are all gonna die Most of us, though, will probably die of something much mundane than a new virus [...]

    Pure class from beginning to end the best science journalism I ve read.It was completely coincidental that I read this just before the 2014 Ebola outbreak but that did sort of reinforce why this is essential reading Plenty of other reviews have given superb summaries of the content of the novel, so I ll only touch on that briefly but here s why I personally loved it I originally put this on my long list as research reading There s a novel I want to write one day that is set in a an alt history w [...]

    This book was an exciting and informative tour of zoonotic diseases, but the fragmented style diminished my enjoyment Quammen practices an annoying form of gonzo journalism in which he needlessly inserts himself into the narrative because he is too lazy to do otherwise There are numerous throwaway chapters that are included for no other reason than because Quammen made a trip or did the interview For instance, many pages are devoted to the unenlightening tale of a scientist who accidentally pric [...]

    Is it possible to really like a book like this I think I may have shortchanged this book with the three star rating Hmmm.But I digress It is official I now know too much Most of us have probably spent some amount of time thinking about a pandemic How could we not Reading this book will not ease said fears It is unsettling to read how easy it is for an infection to spillover sorry from animal to human This book reveals just how easy it is and gives you enough information to scare the daylights ou [...]

    I found this book fascinating When I originally got it out of the library, some of my friends were a biiiit concerned that given my GAD was health focused, this would just make me have a panic attack I m happy to report that I was simply happily curious, digging around with great enthusiasm, stopping to google things, etc.In terms of the level this is at, it s perfectly comprehensible to anyone, I would say Granted, I do have a background in reading plenty of popular science, an A Level in biolo [...]

    Thrilled to see that David Quammen had a new science book, I snatched this up It s been 15 years since his book Song of the Dodo about island biogeography, which remains at the top of my favorite non fiction Can one enjoy a book about infectious disease Anyone who s read Richard Preston s The Hot Zone will guiltily admit, yes interestingly, he takes Preston to task for overplaying descriptions of Ebola infection Bleeding out is not accurate There is inherent narrative drama in the question of wh [...]

    Superb David Quammen brings to life the stories of a wide variety of infectious diseases and their spillover from animals to humans David is a great writer, his narrative drive and prose are magnificent He does this while presenting the science in a very accessible yet amazingly informative way.What is astounding is the amount of work and research that must have gone into this book David conducted a seemingly endless amount of interviews with scientists, researchers, doctors To say he took it to [...]

    Avevo gi letto qualche tempo fa un saggio del giornalista scientifico e inviato del National Geographic David Quammen nato a Cincinnati, in Ohio, nel 1948 l argomento era il lungo e tortuoso cammino che port Darwin alla formulazione della sua teoria e devo dire che il libro mi aveva colpito favorevolmente, senza entusiasmarmi troppo Perci ero ben contento di leggere, insieme al GdL saggistica del gruppo GR Italia, l ultimo saggio del nostro autore Beh, confesso di averlo nettamente sottovalutato [...]

    The hubris of homo sapiens lies in believing that it holds sway over this planet but then hidden away from anything but the most powerful electron microscopes are organisms that can wreak havoc on all of us These microorganisms are hardy, smart and incredibly adaptable when it comes to the question of how to survive and thrive among the biodiversity of the earth If you were to romanticize the whole concept then it becomes very easy to paint the pathogen as the most dreaded enemy of mankind natur [...]

    I try not to read books that make me paranoid or hypochondriac and that s not the intention of this book but I ll think twice next time that I m in some exotic place and close to wild animals The Monkey Forest in Bali was mentioned in this book in relation to herpes B a deadly disease caused by a spillover from macaques monkeys to humans Thanks goodness I feel a visceral revulsion towards monkeys I didn t hand feed any or let them climb up my head and shoulders so that I can take a picture with [...]

    This is a book about zoonoses, diseases that come to humans from other animals It is scary, sure, because there are always new microbes out there ready to go rampaging through our vast society It is also rather comforting, both the methodical search for vectors and reservoirs, the details of transmission and treatment, the stream of breakthroughs that enable researchers to locate and sequence And through it all, Quammen maintains a casual, light conversational tone, reassuring the reader that su [...]

    I see why Quammen is so well thought of Spillover was amazingly informative, had a near perfect execution, explained very difficult, scientific subjects in a manner that a reader with little science background could understand without making it so dumbed down that the same reader found themselves lost in a nexus of weakening metaphors and feeling insulted I m looking at you, Winchester This is how you speak to your audience You do not dumbdown, but rather heighten the discourse and inform I lear [...]

    From start to finish, this book was nothing short of SPECTACULAR It is longer than most science medicine books, but do not let that deter you I was extremely sad when this book ended I wanted In the middle of reading this book, I made the mistake of putting this book on pause to read the recent Pandemic by Sonia Shah Science is obviously not the authors strong suit It was extremely disappointing It might fly with people who are less scientifically literate She had up to date info on Ebola, wh [...]

    I found this book to be absolutely fascinating and I could not put it down Essentially, the author makes it his mission to demonstrate how the ecological footprint of the human race profoundly affects the exposure to and infection by new and deadly viruses For anybody who enjoyed reading The Hot Zone or watching the movie Outbreak, this book is right up your alley The author takes us through many different viruses, providing the history behind their development, the story of their outbreak, and [...]

    First things first I hate when I look at a nonfiction book table of contents and can t tell by the name of the chapters what they cover For those who feel the same, here is the annotated table of contents I Pale Horse Hendra virus II Thirteen Gorillas Ebola virus III Everything Comes From Somewhere Malaria IV Dinner at the Rat Farm SARS V The Deer, the Parrot, the Kid Next Door Q Fever, Psittacosis, and Lyme disease VI Going Viral General Virus Stuff, but Especially HIV VII Celestial Hosts About [...]

    This book is a gripping tale of disease spillover that will thrill those interested in science and probably many who aren t After all, we all get sick occasionally Quammen looks at the ways pathogens usually viruses have spilled from animals to humans He traces the origins of, among others, Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and AIDS These zoonotic diseases can escalate rapidly into global pandemics when human to human transmission occurs For five years Quammen trailed scientists in their labs [...]

    This book is about zoonoses illnesses that spread from animals to people It describes the typical process the virus or bacteria lives, long term and harmlessly, in a reservoir species When it infects an amplifier species, it can spread quickly to humans For example, the Hendra virus has its reservoir in flying foxes large Australian bats , but when it infects horses, it can spread to people, who are in much closer contact with their sick horses than with bats Not only are zoonoses threatening b [...]

    An amazing and detailed description of movement of disease from animal to human, making the process seem normal but frightening The final case presentation, AIDS, gave a new understanding of how a spillover of long standing could gradually take root and finally break out into a very threatening condition The last chapter discusses the concept of breakout placing humans at the center.

    Where Do Emerging Diseases Emerge From AIDS, Ebola, Marburg, SARS, H5N1 every one of the world s scariest diseases is a zoonosis, that is, a virus harbored by animals and transmitted to humans, often by other animals, in a complex minuet that often stretches out into decadesDS, for example According to the latest research, reported by David Quammen in Spillover, Patient Zero was not that French Canadian flight attendant you may have read about who went amok in the 1970s but a hunter in Southeast [...]

    This is a very interesting analysis of emerging zoonotic diseases, focusing on SARS, HIV, and Ebola, among others There are so many facts here, it s a little overwhelming I learned so much that I d never even thought of before, including the fact that HIV can actually be traced back to, wait for it 1908 Yeah, I didn t believe it at first, either, but the author clearly presents this in a way that is easy even for a non scientist like myself to understand.After reading this, I can tell you for s [...]

    A very good bok with scientific, yet approachable explanations to why zoonoses animal diseases that infect humans are so scary and deadly, especially when it comes to certain new viruses The fact is zoonotic viruses and other diseases infect humans on a regular basis I know I was infected with ringworm Dermatophytosis by my kittens a few years ago it s a fungal infection that spreads like fire No fun but no biggie either But any pet owner knows the drill on vaccinations for rabies and other dise [...]

    This book has so much information packed into it I feel like I should get a masters degree after finishing it Of course, it is around 520 pages not including the footnotes, references, etc including a bit of speculative fiction from the author about the origin of the AIDS epidemic Nevertheless, I learned so many things about animal human spillovers and I would enthusiastically recommend this book.Some people who ve reviewed this book remark that it is scary or depressing to know about the subje [...]

    Yet another incredibly fascinating book from one of my all time favorite authors, David Quammen This book is about zoonotic viruses, meaning viruses that spillover from animals to humans Many of these are familiar to all of us HIV, Ebola, SARS, influenza, etc although some are less well known These and many, many others all trace their origins to species other than humans Some of the most common reservoirs of these diseases are primates, bats, and birds, and the way in which viruses make their w [...]

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