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The monster at our door : the global threat of avian flu

Author: Mike Davis
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1918, a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least 40 million people in three months. Now, leading researchers believe, another world catastrophe is imminent. The World Health Organization warns that the "bird flu" is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form that could visit several billion homes within two years. In this book, Mike Davis reconstructs the scientific and political history  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike Davis
ISBN: 1595580115 9781595580115
OCLC Number: 58790987
Description: viii, 212 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Preface: Pieta --
Evolution's fast lane --
The virulence of poverty --
The wrong lessons --
Birds of Hong Kong --
A messy story --
Pandemic surprise --
The triangle of doom --
Plague and profit --
Edge of the abyss --
Homeland insecurity --
Structural contradictions --
The Titanic paradigm --
Conclusion: Year of the rooster.
Responsibility: Mike Davis.

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In 1918, a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least 40 million people in three months. Now, leading researchers believe, another world catastrophe is imminent. The World Health Organization warns that the "bird flu" is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form that could visit several billion homes within two years. In this book, Mike Davis reconstructs the scientific and political history of a viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles of agribusiness and the fast-food industries, abetted by corrupt governments, in creating the ecological conditions for the emergence of this new plague. He also details the failure of the Bush administration, obsessed with hypothetical "bio-terrorism," to safeguard Americans from the greatest biological threat since HIV/AIDS.--From publisher description.

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