250 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Release Date:15 Dec 2013

Seven Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them

Island Press

From Bird Flu to Mad Cow to West Nile Virus, dangerous emerging diseases may not be simple accidents of nature. According to veterinarian and journalist Mark Walters, humans are contributing to – if not overtly causing – some of the scariest epidemics of our time. By emitting carbon, feeding naturally herbivorous cows “recycled animal protein,” clear-cutting forests, and otherwise changing the environment, we are inviting disease. Through human stories and cutting-edge science, Walters explores the origins of our contemporary plagues – the first step to stopping them.

Mark Jerome Walters is a veterinarian, journalist, and professor at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg. He is the author of five books, including Six Modern Plagues and Seeking the Sacred Raven.
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