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  • Title: Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus
  • Author: David Quammen
  • ISBN: 9780393351552
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle The search is on to find Ebola s elusive host animaIn 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle The search is on to find Ebola s elusive host animal And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak Here he tells the story of Ebola its past, present, and its unknowable future.Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.
    Ebola The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus In a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest As swiftly as it came it disappeared leaving no trace Over the four decades since Ebola has emerged sporadically each time to devastating effec

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    1. For the last few months now our news cycles have always had a little snippet of Ebola news hidden somewhere between the wedding of George Clooney and a dog that got stuck up a tree The only visuals are dusty hut, a dirty warehouse that is supposed to be a hospital and some people with paper face masks And while it seems like a big story, you know that it is being downplayed because it is in Africa, still the dark continent in the 21st century Yet the story has been there for months Enough for so [...]

    2. from kalireads Spillover vs Ebola Which David Quammen Book Should You Buy A few months ago, Africa s Ebola epidemic was the worst in history and infected physicians were being moved to America for treatment My Facebook feed was filled with trending topics and endless questions about Ebola, and I wrote a post recommending David Quammen s enlightening Spillover as the important book of the day.Spillover focuses on zoonotic diseases, those which make the jump from animals to humans in events called [...]

    3. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes I like microbiology, as in I like to learn about it not I like the diseases For me it s one of the most interesting fields of biomedical sciences So I ve chosen all extra microbiology courses, like Virology and Advanced Microbiology, but did I learn about Ebola During my first course Microbiology, back in 2013, about two sentences were spent on the subject of Ebola It s a virus like Marburg in Africa And, if you get it, it sucks, because you ll die of [...]

    4. Two years ago this month was the worst outbreak of Ebola in known human history What made the 2014 outbreak so different Ebola has been documented since 1976 and undoubtedly there were decades of cases before, left unrecorded , specifically affecting small villages throughout central Africa This time, Ebola made its way into urban centers, bringing the exposure and casualties much higher This book, excerpted from Quammen s larger work Spillover, and updated to include info about the 2014 outbrea [...]

    5. This is actually an excerpt from the excellent book Spillover, with a few details added because it was published slightly later, as the ebola epidemic really kicked off It doesn t contain anything new that wasn t in Spillover, and I actually ended up asking for a refund because that wasn t clear up front.However, it s a great excerpt, and I do strongly recommend Quammen s writing on diseases just don t be fooled into getting the excerpts of Spillover instead of just buying the whole book It s a [...]

    6. There is hardly a relevant book you could be reading right now Imagine Michael Crichton at his most thrilling Jurassic Park, Prey , give him a PhD in evolutionary biology or epidemiology and elevate his writing style to the very heights of journalistic eloquence, and you might have something approaching David Quammen s brilliance This is an updated extract from his 2012 book Spillover, where it formed one of the most gripping chapters See my full review of Spillover at Nudge.

    7. Ebola The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus by David Quammen Ebola The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus is a very interesting behind the scenes look at the quest to find the host animal carrying this devastating virus This brief book is a product of sections of his 2012 book Spillover and recent events Accomplished author and science journalist, David Quammen takes the reader on a journey through the jungles of Africa in search of the reservoir host This exciting 128 page is [...]

    8. This book is mostly excerpts from the author s book Spillover which I have in my TBR pile pending still It has been updated in light of current events It is an incredibly educational and informative book about Ebola, its history and what is known about the disease it is an excellent resource for those who want to get to the truth of all these fear ridden headlines in the news right now I have read many of the source materials the author used, and found this to be a well thought out and put toget [...]

    9. Fascinating.Here s a quote The two men went to work, collecting They stuffed dead bats into bags They caught a few live bats and bagged them too Then, back down on their bellies, they squooched out through the low gap It was really unnerving, Amman told me I d probably never do it again Wait a minute, lemme get this straight You re in a cave in Uganda, surround by Marburg and rabies and black forest cobras, wading through a slurry of dead bats, getting hit in face by live ones like Tippi Hedren [...]

    10. Very readable background on zoonotic viruses and particularly the trail of Ebola over the past 50 years First coming to the attention of scientists I the late 70 s, Ebola has popped up in isolated outbreaks in West Africa in the intervening years There are several genetic strains of the virus, all deadly Search for the reservoir host continues to this day, as does the exact method of transfer from the reservoir host to humans The decimation of the gorilla population in those areas where Ebola ou [...]

    11. I went into this book thinking it would be similar to The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, but I was pleased that Quammen takes his own route His writings give a practical overview of ebola and its history in a way that is most useful for layman in 2014 He acknowledges the importance of Preston s work in the public s understanding of ebola, but does not try to garner readership through anything other than the facts This is no thriller novel and I appreciate that Quammen does not fearmonger, which i [...]

    12. As usual David Quammen delivers without prejudice, his compassionate, factual, well written compendium of what is known and what should be done This no opus like Song of the Dodo Rather, it is a timely update on a current crisis This book is relevant, as all his book so far have been I am going to place him in an eclectic group my favorite writers, authors Doris Lessing, Barbara Tuchman and David Quammen They speak to the heart of the matter Bravo.

    13. Award winning science journalist David Quammen updates his 2012 treatise on the history, study and treatment of the Ebola virus with new 2014 information Quammen s prose explains scientific terms and methods in an accessible mannor and shows great respect for the people involved in this now international crisis.

    14. A highly informative little book Well maybe not highly but as informative as it is possible to be as we still know so very little about this frightening, horrific virus David gives us a detailed history of the origins and outbreaks of Ebola and I haven t been so afraid for mankind since reading Richard Preston s The Hot Zone.Highly recommended.

    15. I very much enjoyed Spillover That being said, I was disappointed this book was a copy of the Ebola chapter I was expecting than an updated prologue and epilogue Even those were incomplete seeing they were written early in the outbreak The lack of new insights made me realize this book was published to take advantage of the Ebola outbreak hype in order to make a buck Sad.

    16. David Quanmen book on Ebola is one of the most popular books in my library It is a short, easy read that traces Ebola back to the first case A fascinating study in genetic sleuthing.

    17. Interesting short history of Ebola virus disease before the 2014 outbreak If you want a super quick education on previous outbreaks and the search for the reservoir, grab this short read

    18. I just love David Quammen s writing so good, so seemingly effortless, it just carries you along as the story unfolds, masterfully organized and explicated This book tells the fascinating story of the ebola virus and its disease in humans and other great apes The truth is that humanity is vulnerable to some sort of pandemic, and this book explains about the ecology of deadly viruses and how they leap from other animals to humans Fascinating and humbling stuff.

    19. I read and loved Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, and I was looking forward to this update The short book retell the history of Marburg and Ebola virus and presents all the known cases of people getting sick We learn that the idea of bats as a virus reservoir is getting some feedback, although we cannot claim yet that they are the host of the virus We read how the world came together to study and fight the disease, and we also read how it starting migrating with us, on pl [...]

    20. Written in an engaging manner, I didn t realize when I finished the book Ebola I just knew the name, after it made widely into the news spreading panic among people across the globe Now, I know the whole story One might think, it s just about biology, virology but its beyond that.A must read

    21. I found it very interesting to read about the outbreak of Ebola and how it was dealt with The book was very informative about the effects of Ebola and how people were quarantined The sources from different areas and animals were very informative It was a good read since I didn t know most of the information.

    22. I had already read this in the past.I had already read this in the way way past Actually David Quammen has this book as an chapter in his book Spillover.

    23. If you like this book, read Spillover by the same author This short book is an extended chapter from Spillover Would be great if this could be updated with the latest Ebola research to date.

    24. Its a great book that explains the science and history of the disease You do not need to be a microbiologist to understand it.

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