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The Resource Flu hunter : unlocking the secrets of a virus, Robert G. Webster

Flu hunter : unlocking the secrets of a virus, Robert G. Webster

Label
Flu hunter : unlocking the secrets of a virus
Title
Flu hunter
Title remainder
unlocking the secrets of a virus
Statement of responsibility
Robert G. Webster
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When a new influenza virus emerges that is able to be transmitted between humans, it spreads globally as a pandemic, often with high mortality. Enormous social disruption and substantial economic cost can result. The 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic was undoubtedly the most devastating influenza pandemic to date, and it has been Dr Robert Webster's life's work to figure out how and why. In so doing he has made a remarkable contribution to our understanding of the evolution of influenza viruses and how to control them. A century on, Flu Hunter is a gripping account of the tenacious scientific detective work involved in revealing the secrets of this killer virus. Dubbed̀ Flu Hunter' by Smithsonian Magazine in 2006, Dr Webster began his research in the early 1960s with the insight that the natural ecology of most influenza viruses is among wild aquatic birds. Painstaking tracking and testing of thousands of birds eventually led him and the other scientists involved to establish a link between these bird virus̀ reservoirs' and human influenza pandemics. Some of this fascinating scientific work involved exhuming bodies of Spanish flu victims from the Arctic permafrost in a search for tissue samples containing genetic material from the virus. Could a global influenza pandemic occur again? Webster's warning is clear:̀ ... it is not only possible, it is just a matter of when.' --Publisher
Cataloging source
NZ1
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1932-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Webster, Robert G.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
RA644.I6
LC item number
W43 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Influenza
  • Epidemics
  • Avian influenza
  • Disasters
  • Influenza
  • Avian influenza
  • Disasters
  • Epidemics
  • Influenza
  • Influenza
Label
Flu hunter : unlocking the secrets of a virus, Robert G. Webster
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1040233317
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
222 pages
Isbn
9781988531311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)1040233317
Label
Flu hunter : unlocking the secrets of a virus, Robert G. Webster
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1040233317
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
222 pages
Isbn
9781988531311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)1040233317

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