Animal Infections and Human Diseases

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

David Quammen discusses the emergence of strange new diseases around the world that originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, he recounts his adventures in the field—netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo—with the world’s leading disease scientists to learn how, why, and where these diseases emerge.


David Quammen

Comments [4]

Henry from Manhattan

If I’m in Central Africa, I won’t eat the monkeys or dead chimps… got it.

Oct. 17 2012 12:25 PM
Dr. Myriam Bencheikh

I would like to attract your attention to one habit for tourists in Thailand which is to eat fresh brain from monkeys placed in the middle of the table. They wopuld tap the heads until getting spoons of brain. HIV hiv hiv

Oct. 17 2012 12:23 PM

Has anyone bothered to analyze the growing garbage and waste disposal problems and how these help to develop new mutations. There are massive landfills full of weird combinations of organic matter alongside medications and chemicals people will throw into regular garbage, creating huge breeding grounds. These are available for birds and other scavengers to pick through, contracting who knows what from this waste. and in developing countries, these landfills are regularly raided by the poor. There does not seem to be any international initiatives about waste disposal, or none that are publicized, which seems insane to me. If you look at the way Ontario deals with waste, it is light years ahead of New York. We need to start taking this seriously.

Oct. 17 2012 12:22 PM
Leah from Harlem

Can the guest talk about GMOs in terms of large-scale mono-agriculture? Biotech proponents argue that mutations happen naturally, but isn't there a difference of scale, and doesn't that matter?

Oct. 17 2012 12:13 PM

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