‘Spillover’ by David Quammen
March 21, 2014
In his book Spillover, David Quammen tracks what could be the next deadly virus to infect humans.
He explains the origins of notable diseases that transfer from nonhuman animals to humans such as SARS, avian influenza, and AIDS. These diseases that have spilled over from other species have caused pandemics and spread across the globe easily due to dense human populations and increased importation and exportation of infected livestock.
Quammen’s book questions the role of humans in cases of spillover and whether there are any preventive measures that can be taken.