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The chickens fight back : pandemic panics and deadly diseases that jump from animals to humans

Author: David Waltner-Toews; Gibson Library Connections, Inc.
Publisher: Vancouver [C.-B.] : Greystone Books, ©2007
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Emerging diseases like mad cow, SARS, and avian flu are -- for the moment, at least -- far more prevalent in animals than in humans. Still, the knowledge that measles, TB, and smallpox were at one time "emerging" diseases that eventually made a permanent, and quite deadly, jump to humans gives epidemiologists pause. This book examines the various groups of animal diseases, explains what attracts them to the human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Waltner-Toews; Gibson Library Connections, Inc.
ISBN: 9781926685014 1926685016
OCLC Number: 824196071
Description: 1 online resource (1 ressource en ligne (246 p.))
Contents: [Pt. 1]. Of pandemic panic --
1. An image looking for a story --
2. Epidemics, pandemics, and zoonoses : an introduction --
[pt. 2]. And scurrying beasties --
3. Plagues, rats, and the perfection of fleas --
4. The world looking at itself --
5. Biting flies, kissing bugs, and sleeping sickness --
[pt. 3]. Of singing and flight --
6. Western equine encephalitis, television, and air conditioning --
7. West Nile Virus and the St. Louis Blues --
8. The chickens fight back --
[pt. 4]. And things that go bump in the night --
9. Out of nowhere : Nipah Virus and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome --
10. The darkness bleeds in : Lassa, Ebola, and Marburg --
11. Splashing through rat piss : leptospires and hantaviruses --
12. All the rage --
[pt. 5]. With all our most constant companions --
13. Abortion in the sandbox and other pet problems --
14. Poker players' pneumonia --
15. Bang's disease and the White Plague --
16. Dog parasites in the land of the gods --
[pt. 6]. Shall we tell our tales of woe and delight --
17. The meaning of Pulcher's omen --
Selected readings --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Responsibility: David Waltner-Toews.

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Emerging diseases like mad cow, SARS, and avian flu are -- for the moment, at least -- far more prevalent in animals than in humans. Still, the knowledge that measles, TB, and smallpox were at one time "emerging" diseases that eventually made a permanent, and quite deadly, jump to humans gives epidemiologists pause. This book examines the various groups of animal diseases, explains what attracts them to the human population -- from food to sex to living conditions -- and offers suggestions for keeping them at bay. It also points out that diseases must be looked at from an ecological, cultural, and.

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