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-- -- -- just spoke to an expert about how you can pass human illnesses to your pat but there are also a number of diseases that people can catch from animals or insects.
Things like West Nile Virus are certain kinds of flu.
Well a new book titled spillover animal infections and the next human pandemic.
Has some frightening details about how -- this is like stars HIV and Ebola are transmitted to humans from animals.
And the next outbreak could be the worst one yet.
The author of spillover is science writer David -- and he joins us this morning and David you've been looking at this issue for a number of years.
Things like HIV Ebola that sort of thing they actually started in the animal community.
That's right John yeah aides are -- -- west Nile fever and hanta virus.
All of the influences.
These are diseases that come to us.
Ultimately out of wildlife -- spillover.
From animal species and get into humans and then in some cases turned into human pandemic.
Well in the SARS virus you say is is one that is in some respects we were lucky that it wasn't worse than it was.
The -- with a -- -- yes it was a it was a virus that belongs to a certain group the corona viruses.
And the people the expert that CDC and elsewhere that I've talked to say you know a bowl Mark -- you have but if you wanted to really scary one.
It was SARS it passed from human to human very readily.
It was very lethal it could have been a whole lot worse if they had managed to stop it well and how did they manage to stop it.
Well very good disease science diagnostics.
Quickly identifying what kind of virus this was they figured out what.
Animal species -- come from and then they -- that they instituted very good measures of firm public health.
Isolation of patients protection of medical workers.
And they stopped it in Toronto they stopped it in Singapore stopped and indeed -- stopped and in Hong Kong and prevented it from going a whole lot bigger than it did.
Just some of the photos like the one on the cover of your book -- are pretty frightening enough I mean prime -- in the fangs and so forth is that what we're talking about are we talking about you know somebody in the in the jungles of Africa for instance get getting bitten and and then carrying.
Some kind of -- agent.
Onto an airplane.
Well that's one possibility but oddly.
It more often involves us biting them for instance in Central Africa.
The harvest of wildlife for bush -- Is what has led to do with spillover of some of these diseases that's probably what.
Carried Ebola from a chimpanzee.
Into a village of people in one case that's very well documented.
And of course the aids pandemic began we now know.
Began with a spillover of a virus from a single chimpanzee.
Into a single human in the southeastern corner of Cameroon.
Back as early as 190 wait give or take a margin of error.
And look where we are now while it is a really sobering book interesting reading David Coleman is the author spillover is the book.
David thanks for sharing that could frightening.
Perspective -- us pleasure to be with John thanks.
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