By Greger, Michael
From age-old scourges such as smallpox and tuberculosis to emerging threats like AIDS and SARS, our interactions with animals have always played a pivotal role as a source of human disease. Bird flu is the latest such menace coming home to roost. Leading public health authorities... now predict as inevitable a pandemic of influenza, triggered by bird flu and expected to lead to millions of deaths around the globe. The influenza virus has existed for millions of years as an innocuous intestinal virus of wild ducks. What turned a harmless waterborne duck virus into a human mass murderer? In Bird Flu , Dr. Michael Greger traces the human role in the evolution of this virus, whose humble beginnings belie its transformation into a killer mutant strain that could become as ferocious as Ebola and as contagious as the common cold. In the face of the coming pandemic, Dr. Greger reveals what we can do to protect our families and what human society to can do to reduce the likelihood of such catastrophes in the future. Amid the growing panic surrounding this issue, Dr. Greger takes a sobering look at a deadly cycle and offers a solution to ending it.Read more
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Michael Greger, MD, is Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. As an internationally recognized lecturer on public health issues, he has presented at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bird Flu Summit, among countless other symposia and institutions, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous meat defamation trial. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He is the author of Bird Flu. Dr. Greger was named one of the 25 Most Fascinating Vegetarians by Veg News magazine in its July+August 2007 issue.
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