Imprint New York : New Press, Physical description viii, p. Online Available online. Full view. Green Library. I6 D Unknown. More options. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary In , a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least 40 million people in three months. Now, leading researchers believe, another world catastrophe is imminent.
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In The Monster at Our Door , the first book to sound this alarm, our foremost urban and environmental critic reconstructs the scientific and political history of this viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles played by burgeoning slums, the agribusiness and fast-food industries, and corrupt governments.
Mike Davis tracks the avian flu crisis as the virus moves west and the world remains woefully unprepared to contain it. With drug companies unwilling to invest in essential vaccines, severe shortages persist, a scenario Davis compares to the sinking Titanic: there are virtually no lifesaving resources available to the poor, and precious few for the rich, too. The evil that happened here in the last month was a sign.
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This book is a comprehensive look at just what bird or avian flu is all about, and what the world is, or is not, doing about it. Influenzas are divided into three major categories. But Type A is the unpredictable, and lethal, strain that is fully entrenched among the bird population of East Asia. It is very easy for the disease to jump from migratory birds, to ducks, to chickens, to swans and egrets, This book is a comprehensive look at just what bird or avian flu is all about, and what the world is, or is not, doing about it.
Mike Davis, 'The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu' | Peace News
It is very easy for the disease to jump from migratory birds, to ducks, to chickens, to swans and egrets, and back again, mutating along the way. Until now, the human deaths have come from direct contact with infected birds. But the time is coming when that last mutation will click into place, causing it to jump from person to person.
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A worldwide flu pandemic, with a death toll in the hundreds of millions, is, as one researcher put it, "late. Not much. Industrial chicken farms, with millions of chickens crowded into one building, are a wonderful breeding ground for diseases of all sorts, not just bird flu. Remember SARS from a couple of years ago? Among the reasons why it was contained is that the cities where it happened, Toronto and Hong Kong, are modern cities with modern health care systems.
The major drug companies have opposed moves to allow other countries to make cheap copies of flu vaccines, even though there are nowhere near enough doses of vaccines even for first responders, out of concern for their corporate bottom line. The Bush Administration is more interested in spending money preparing for a smallpox or anthrax outbreak, something which has much less chance of ever happening, than in spending it on bird flu, which is coming in the near future.
This is a very spooky book, which I guess is the idea. It is written for the layman, and does a fine job at showing how unprepared America is for the next flu pandemic. It is very highly recommended. Oct 07, Bonnie Jean rated it liked it. An excellent subject matter, but the book falls a little short.
From its sensationalist cover to its thinly veiled political slant, I found this book to be mostly scientific but not entirely so. I learned a lot from the book, but felt unfulfilled at the end: the problems are identified, but the solutions could be more deeply explored.
I appreciated the connection between the security threat that novel influenza poses and the decades-long underfunding of the public health system. Oct 04, Colleen Murphy rated it it was amazing. I found this book to be particularly scarey, since the information in the book was given to the author by the world health organization. He wrote the book at their request. You might not sleep again.
It prompted me to start knocking off items on my bucket list, just in case. Davis does a great job hashing out the ongoing issues which make another flu pandemic quite likely in the future. Ongoing negligence in the political sphere, profiteering by Big Pharma, placing profit over the needs of the people at large. The role of "megaslums" and the consolidation of agribusiness, specifically around swine and chicken-handling procedures which exponentially increase the potential for flu strains to cross-pollinate and grow stronger in some cases.
The perils of pumping animals Davis does a great job hashing out the ongoing issues which make another flu pandemic quite likely in the future. The perils of pumping animals with hormones and antibiotics which beef them up and ramp up our tolerance to the same antibiotics we will need in the event of second-wave effects of a pandemic.
Really, for as deathly frightening as the subject matter is, Davis does a great job of placing it in context and not fear-mongering As of its writing in , it sounds like nothing is still getting done on the Governmental end, public health continues to be neglected in richer nations and next to non-existent in poorer countries, so I think its safe to say, if there is another style pandemic bird flu or otherwise, don't wait for anyone to come save your butt Stock up on your foods and waters kids