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The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu Hardcover – September 15, 2005
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Smart and tough: an author with one eye out for the underdog, the other on the sickness of the political and corporate landscape.
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 inessential 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.
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So I decided to read this book, even though it would seem like the LEAST rational thing to do, considering my already anxious state...and, oddly enough, I felt better afterwards. The facts about HSN1, this virus which lives in poultry and other birds, were laid out quite clearly. At least I knew more than I had before and that knowledge made me aware of other possibilities and changes that might make a difference.
I could see how certain vital changes in the way government, the food industries and others who'd be at the forefront of handling a health crisis could make significant differences in how many people lived or died during a pandemic. I realized the urgency in getting vaccines made and dispensed to everyone as quickly as possible and was motivated to do what I could to work towards that goal, in whatever way possible, large or small. I stopped worrying and started to push for solutions as well as finding out about those who were trying to make truly useful vaccines in mass quantities.
This is a "must read" for those who want to be in the know when it comes to what may be coming our way. But be forewarned- if you're looking for reassurance, this book isn't the one you want. But if you can handle the facts, you will definitely want to put this at the top of your book list.
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