The Monster at Our Door

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Avian influenza is a viral asteroid on a collision course with humanity. 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.A virus of astonishing lethality, known as H5N1, has become entrenched in the poultry and wild bird populations of East Asia. It kills two out of every three people it infects. The World Health Organization warns that it is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form.In this urgent and extraordinarily frightening 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 scandalous failure of the Bush administration, obsessed with hypothetical ",bio-terrorism,", to safeguard Americans from the greatest biological threat since HIV/AIDS.

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The MacArthur Fellow and author of Dead Cities presents a terrifying forecast of a new global threat-and "its argument is irrefutable" (The Independent).

Hailed by The Nation as a "master of disaster prose," author and activist Mike Davis addresses the imminent catastrophe of Avian influenza. In 1918, a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least forty million people in three months. Now, leading researchers believe, another global outbreak is all but inevitable.

A virus of astonishing lethality, known as H5N1, has become entrenched in the poultry and wild bird populations of East Asia. It kills two out of every three people it infects. The World Health Organization warns that it is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form that could visit several billion homes within two years.

In this urgent and alarming 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.

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Produktinformationen

Titel
The Monster at Our Door
Untertitel
The Global Threat of Avian Flu
Autor
EAN
9781595588531
ISBN
978-1-59558-853-1
Format
E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber
The New Press
Genre
Soziologie
Veröffentlichung
19.07.2019
Digitaler Kopierschutz
Wasserzeichen
Dateigrösse
0.48 MB
Anzahl Seiten
212
Jahr
2012
Untertitel
Englisch
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