Avian influenza is a viral asteroid on a collision course with humanity. In 1918, a pandemic strain of influenza killed at least 40 million people in three months. The World Health Organization warns that this new virus is on the verge of mutating into a super-contagious pandemic form that could visit several billion homes, and kill up to 100 million people, within two years. In this urgent and frightening book, Mike Davis reconstructs the scientific and political history of a viral apocalypse in the making, exposing the central roles of burgeoning slums, agribusiness, the fast-food industries, and corrupt governments in creaing the ecological conditions for the emergence of this new plague. With masterful strokes, Davis constructs the all too human footprint that capitalism leaves on ecology, and the "natural" disasters that follow in its wake.
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