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Author Torrey, E. Fuller (Edwin Fuller), 1937-

Title Beasts of the earth : animals, humans, and disease / E. Fuller Torrey, Robert H. Yolken
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 191 pages) : illustrations
Contents The smallest passengers on Noah's ark -- Heirloom infections: microbes before the advent of humans -- Humans as hunters: animal origins of bioterrorism -- Humans as farmers: microbes move into the home -- Humans as villagers: microbes in the promised land -- Humans as traders: microbes get passports -- Humans as pet-keepers: microbes move into the bedroom -- Humans as diners: mad cows and sane chickens -- Microbes from the modern food chain: lessons from SARS, influenza, and bird flu -- The coming plagues: lessons from AIDS, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease -- A four-footed viewof history
Summary Humans have lived in close proximity to other animals for thousands of years. Recent scientific studies have even shown that the presence of animals has a positive effect on our physical and mental health. People with pets typically have lower blood pressure, show fewer symptoms of depression, and tend to get more exercise. But there is a darker side to the relationship between animals and humans. Animals are carriers of harmful infectious agents and the source of a myriad of human diseases. In recent years, the emergence of high-profile illnesses such as AIDS, SARS, West Nile virus, a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Zoonoses -- Popular works.
Disease Outbreaks.
Disease Transmission, Infectious.
Genre/Form Popular Work.
Popular works.
Form Electronic book
Author Yolken, Robert H.
LC no. 2004011751
ISBN 0813535719 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0813537894 (electronic bk.)
9780813535715 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
9780813537894 (electronic bk.)