Spillover explores the frightening and complex world of Zoonosis -an infectious disease in an animal which is transmissible to humans. From SARS, AIDS, west nile, and lyme disease, to Hendra, Ebola, and beyond, zoonoses are far more widespread than many realise.
David Quammen tracks the history of the Hendra virus (among others) – a deadly disease that begins its frightening reign by killing race horses, and is eventually linked to the bat population in Australia.
This book is an eye-opening account of the dangers and prevalence of zoonotic diseases. Fascinating, gripping, and downright terrifying, Quammen approaches this scientific subject from a easy-to-understand, documentary-type point of view. Far from being boring, Spillover will leave you intrigued, though perhaps you may have a hard time getting to sleep at night- this book is proof positive that there is nothing quite so frightening as our day-to-day reality.
Rating: 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
- Unsolicited book review: Spillover, by David Quammen (scholarsandrogues.com)