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  1. 2.3 hrs • 2/9/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author and expert in epidemiology Michael Savage explains the origins of viruses and their impact on the US. With new and resurgent diseases resulting from unregulated immigration and a politicized public health system, Michael Savage sees the need for some changes in the US—starting with the President and the Center for Disease Control telling us the truth. Savage makes his case for the government to enforce travel bans, the use of quarantines and the importance of proper border screenings. However, this is not a cure or treatment for any of these diseases. With tuberculosis, hepatitis, Enterovirus 68, and other new disease threats emerging across the US, Savage will explain ways to fortify your immune system and defend against these and other viruses.

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    Diseases without Borders

    2.3 hrs • 2/9/16 • Unabridged
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    4.8 hrs • 12/23/2014 • Unabridged

    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, the Ebola virus disease has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to ninety percent 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 encountered the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon with 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.

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    Ebola

    4.8 hrs • 12/23/14 • Unabridged
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    11.0 hrs • 3/8/2011 • Unabridged

    A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, DC. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

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    Hot Zone

    11.0 hrs • 3/8/11 • Unabridged
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  4. 7.0 hrs • 9/7/2010 • Unabridged

    Some colds are like mice, timid and annoying; others like dragons, accompanied by body aches and deep misery. In Ah-Choo! Jennifer Ackerman explains what, exactly, a cold is, how it works, and whether it’s really possible to “fight one off.” Scientists call this the Golden Age of the Common Cold, because Americans suffer up to a billion colds each year, resulting in 40 million days of missed work and school and 100 million doctor visits. They’ve also learned over the past decade much more about what cold viruses are, what they do to the human body, and how symptoms can be addressed. In this ode to the odious cold, Jennifer Ackerman sifts through the chatter about treatments—what works, what doesn’t, and what can’t hurt. She dispels myths, such as susceptibility to colds reflects a weakened immune system. And she tracks current research, including work at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, a world-renowned center of cold research studies, where the search for a cure continues.

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    Ah-Choo!

    7.0 hrs • 9/7/10 • Unabridged
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  5. 3.0 hrs • 3/1/2003 • Abridged

    Maneater is a personal account by a specialist who approaches her work like a forensic scientist or a case-hardened private eye. Dr. Pamela Nagami is a leading authority on infectious diseases and her stories will shock, amaze, and warn readers. The patients in Maneater are ordinary Americans. When Danielle Jordan innocently ordered a salad for lunch in Puerta Vallarta she had no idea she had just become the “host” to an organism that six years later would grow into a worm and burrow into her brain. Charlie Blair caught chicken pox, but he wasn’t a kid, he was an adult, and that common childhood disease can attack a man and ravage his body until he looks like a third-degree-burn victim. A small insect bite on Allan Roth’s right foot made him a target for “flesh-eating strep.” He shed his skin like a snake and a large area of tissue and skin was removed from his right thigh and lower abdomen. Maneater will take readers on rounds with Dr. Nagami, where they will learn, from a safe distance, what the diseases are, what it's like to be a medical detective, and how it feels to make the medical and ethical decisions that can mean the difference between life and death.

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    Maneater

    3.0 hrs • 3/1/03 • Abridged
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  6. 3.1 hrs • 3/1/1997 • Abridged

    In this brilliant and gripping medical detective story, Richard Rhodes follows virus hunters on three continents as they track the emergence of a deadly new brain disease that first killed cannibals in New Guinea, then cattle and young people in Britain and France -- and that has already been traced to food animals in the United States. In a new afterword for the paperback, Rhodes reports the latest US and worldwide developments of a burgeoning global threat. 

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    Deadly Feasts

    3.1 hrs • 3/1/97 • Abridged
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