By David Quammen
"A scary and interesting masterpiece of technological know-how reporting that reads like a detective story." —Walter Isaacson
In 1976 a dangerous virus emerged from the Congo woodland. As quickly because it got here, it disappeared, leaving no hint. Over the 4 a long time seeing that, Ebola has emerged sporadically, at any time when to devastating impression. it may kill as much as ninety percentage of its sufferers. In among those outbreaks, it's untraceable, hiding deep within the jungle. the quest is directly to locate Ebola's elusive host animal. And till we discover it, Ebola will proceed to strike. Acclaimed technological know-how author and explorer David Quammen first got here close to the virus whereas he was once touring within the jungles of Gabon, followed via neighborhood males whose village were devastated by means of a up to date outbreak. the following he tells the tale of Ebola—its previous, current, and its unknowable future.
Extracted from Spillover through David Quammen, up to date and with extra fabric.
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