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"A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story." - Walter Isaacson
In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola's elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola - its past, present, and its unknowable future.
Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.
©2014, 2012 David Quammen (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Sheri on 06-29-15

Very informative

Interesting and very clearly written. The back story is worthwhile on it's own.
If Ebola evolves to not kill the host so fast, we are in trouble.

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By N. Krstova on 01-03-18

David Quammen + Science = The best time ever!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, and I have. And I will. This book is for the ones that like science, adventure and mystery. It tracks down the causes of Ebola and how it may have spilled over in the human population. I can also wholeheartedly recommend this book to people that are into conspiracy theories, because even though the author follows a natural event, it seems like nature and evolution are conspiring against the human race, haha. All jokes aside, I would recommend it because it lays out a fascinating story of how ebola travels, it's mechanisms of infection and what are we doing as human species to combat it. Also, it reads like a mystery novel - the more you read the more questions you have.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ebola?

There was too many to count. But if you thought that 2014 is the first time Ebola was on US soil, think again. I will say no more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. And I did.

Any additional comments?

I also found out that Ebola was a part of original book that tracks the events of spillover of viruses and diseases from the animal kingdom to humans called Spillover. I read that book and I would recommend it as a step further in Quammens writings.

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