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Author Waltner-Toews, David, 1948-
Title The chickens fight back : pandemic panics and deadly diseases that jump from animals to humans / David Waltner-Toews.
Imprint Vancouver : Greystone Books, 2007.

Subject Epidemics.
Animals as carriers of disease.
Disease Outbreaks.
Disease Vectors.
Description 1 online resource (246 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-234) and index.
Contents [pt. 1]. Of pandemic panic -- 1. An image looking for a story -- 2. Epidemics, pandemics, and zoonoses : an introduction -- [pt. 2]. And scurrying beasties -- 3. Plagues, rats, and the perfection of fleas -- 4. The world looking at itself -- 5. Biting flies, kissing bugs, and sleeping sickness -- [pt. 3]. Of singing and flight -- 6. Western equine encephalitis, television, and air conditioning -- 7. West Nile Virus and the St. Louis Blues -- 8. The chickens fight back -- [pt. 4]. And things that go bump in the night -- 9. Out of nowhere : Nipah Virus and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- 10. The darkness bleeds in : Lassa, Ebola, and Marburg -- 11. Splashing through rat piss : leptospires and hantaviruses -- 12. All the rage -- [pt. 5]. With all our most constant companions -- 13. Abortion in the sandbox and other pet problems -- 14. Poker players' pneumonia -- 15. Bang's disease and the White Plague -- 16. Dog parasites in the land of the gods -- [pt. 6]. Shall we tell our tales of woe and delight -- 17. The meaning of Pulcher's omen -- Selected readings -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Summary Emerging diseases like mad cow, SARS, and avian flu are -- for the moment, at least -- far more prevalent in animals than in humans. Still, the knowledge that measles, TB, and smallpox were at one time "emerging" diseases that eventually made a permanent, and quite deadly, jump to humans gives epidemiologists pause. This book examines the various groups of animal diseases, explains what attracts them to the human population -- from food to sex to living conditions -- and offers suggestions for keeping them at bay. It also points out that diseases must be looked at from an ecological, cultural, and.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1926685016 (electronic bk.)
9781926685014 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 647817612
Additional Format Print version: 9781553652700 1553652703 (DLC) 2007390817