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Viral Fitness: The Next SARS and West Nile in the Making

Jaap Goudsmit


Rarely have humans been as threatened by viruses as they are today. It almost seems as if a virus invasion is taking place. Viruses have lately been coming out of nowhere and appearing in the strangest places — exotic viruses about which no one had ever heard before. Many human viruses have started out in the animal world. Are these viruses maybe escaping from their natural hosts? Are human beings simply available as easy prey? Why is all this happening now, and what does it mean for our future? What can we do to defend ourselves? This book addresses viral adaptation as a general phenomenon an ... More

Keywords: viral adaptation, public health, human behavior, viral ecosystems, viral diseases, AIDS, SARS, West Nile

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195130348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaap Goudsmit, author