Viruses and bacteria are not the sole cause of infectious disease, there is something else - Rene Dubois


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The Age of Contagion


Grim predictions of infectious diseases have been with us as long as recorded history. As author David Quammen remarked in a recent New York Times editorial, our once sunny optimism that modern miracle antibodies would stop modern-day plagues has proven to be mistaken.

Scary new viral diseases such as MERS, SARS, Monkeypox and the West Nile virus are merely the latest examples of zoonotic diseases -- those passed from animals to humans -- which are now responsible for almost 75 percent of new human infectious diseases over the last quarter century.

The effects of converging people, animals and their products in a planetary mixing bowl have created a new and…

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