The Monster at Our Door
The Global Threat of Avian Flu by Mike Davis
- Published: Aug 26, 2020
Award-winning writer, urban theorist, and historian Mike Davis presents an investigation of the looming avian flu pandemicand an in-depth exploration of how we arrived at the brink of a global health catastrophe. The virus known as H5N1 is now endemic among... read more
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- Exact title of the book
- The Monster at Our Door
- Book author
- Mike Davis
- Henry Holt and Co.
- Aug 22, 2006
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Award-winning writer, urban theorist, and historian Mike Davis presents an investigation of the looming avian flu pandemicand an in-depth exploration of how we arrived at the brink of a global health catastrophe. The virus known as H5N1 is now endemic among poultry and wild bird populations in East Asia. A flu strain of astonishing lethality, it has a talent for transforming itself to foil the human immune systemand kills two out of every three people it infects.
The World Health Organization now warns that avian flu is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious form that could travel at pandemic velocity, killing up to 100 million people within two years. 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. "BrilliantDaviss chapter explaining the viruss avidity for mutation is among the finest 10 pages of science journalism you are ever likely to readThe Monster at Our Door goes on to sketch a history of influenza from the 1918 outbreak to the present, addressing all the complex factors playing into the risk of a pandemic todayFascinating."The New York Times
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