55,000 people die in agony from this virus every year.
I'm talking rabies, people. I assumed (incorrectly) that this virus was mostly extinct. Rabies is very much alive and well - thanks to a lack of vaccines and treatment in some parts of the world. As a bleeding heart who is likely to try to help any injured animal that crosses my path, I decided to do a bit of research to see exactly how prevalent rabies is in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources has some very accessible information, in case you're interested. Turns out, I should give up bare-handed handling of injured bats (just kidding, I wear gloves).
You might think that books on infectious diseases might be a tad bit boring. Not true! Be brave - take a romp with me through the amazing and tricky nature of contagion. Learn how "smart" viruses and why it's so important for science to try to keep abreast of them
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the 1918 Pandemic by John M. Barry
The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
If you are interested in the what politics and denial can do to fan the flame of a pandemic, read The AIDS Conspiracy: Science Fights Back by Nicoli Nattrass.
I love all of Richard Preston's books, especially The Hot Zone. Thanks for the blog!
One of my favorites is Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map, about a cholera epidemic in Victorian London. Gross, sad, fascinating.