The Natural and Human History
EBOLA: unravelling the the mystery of one of the world's most deadly diseases
In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace.
Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90% of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike.
Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus whilst travelling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola, its past, present and its unknowable future.
“A nimble job...deeply unsettling but also sober minded...a standout in the floodlet of Ebola books”
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times