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    DescriptionFirst, a horse in Brisbane falls ill: fever, swelling, bloody froth. Then thirteen others perish. The foreman at the stables becomes ill and the trainer dies. What is going on? It takes months to establish that the cause is a virus which has travelled from a tree-dwelling bat to horse, and from horse to man. The bats had lived undisturbed for centuries in Queensland's eucalyptus forests. Now the forests are being cut down and the colonies of bats are roosting elsewhere..."Spillover" tells the story of such diseases. As globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases that were contained are being set free and the results are potentially catastrophic. In a journey that takes him from southern China to the Congo, from Cameroon to Kinshasa, David Quammen tracks these infections to their source and asks what we can do to prevent some new pandemic spreading across the face of the earth.

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    Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Quammen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 592
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 851 g
    ISBN 13: 9781847920102
    ISBN 10: 1847920101

    BIC E4L: HEA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S6.6
    BIC subject category V2: RNT
    BISAC V2.8: SCI045000
    BIC subject category V2: MBNS
    BISAC V2.8: MED028000, MED022090
    DC23: 614
    Imprint name
    The Bodley Head Ltd
    Publication date
    04 October 2012
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    Author Information
    David Quammen is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of five acclaimed natural history titles. His most recent book, The Song of the Dodo, won the BP Natural World Book Prize in 1996. He lives in Montana.
    Review quote
    "A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story" -- Walter Isaacson "Quammen has a wide range of knowledge, an agile pen, and a generous heart" -- James Gorman New York Times Book Review "A tremendous book...this gives you all you need to know and all you should know. Quammen's research and the analysis make sensationalism unnecessary" -- Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times "Mr Quammen is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period...that he hasn't won a non-fiction National Book Award or Pulitzer Prize is an embarrassment... Quammen is a patient explainer and a winning observer, he has a novelistic flair for describing his fellow humans... Quammen, combining physical and intellectual adventure, wraps his canny explorations into powerful moral witness" -- Dwight Garner New York Times "One of that rare breed of science journalists who blend exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling... This is a timely, serious and impressive work that marks the maturation of a field of microbiology" -- Nathan Wolfe Nature