Book ID: CBB474416367

Avian Reservoirs: Virus Hunters and Birdwatchers in Chinese Sentinel Posts (2020)

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Keck, Frédéric (Author)


Duke University Press


Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 256
Language: English

After experiencing the SARS outbreak in 2003, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan all invested in various techniques to mitigate future pandemics involving myriad cross-species interactions between humans and birds. In some locations microbiologists allied with veterinarians and birdwatchers to follow the mutations of flu viruses in birds and humans and create preparedness strategies, while in others, public health officials worked toward preventing pandemics by killing thousands of birds. In Avian Reservoirs Frédéric Keck offers a comparative analysis of these responses, tracing how the anticipation of bird flu pandemics has changed relations between birds and humans in China. Drawing on anthropological theory and ethnographic fieldwork, Keck demonstrates that varied strategies dealing with the threat of pandemics—stockpiling vaccines and samples in Taiwan, simulating pandemics in Singapore, and monitoring viruses and disease vectors in Hong Kong—reflect local geopolitical relations to mainland China. In outlining how interactions among pathogens, birds, and humans shape the way people imagine future pandemics, Keck illuminates how interspecies relations are crucial for protecting against such threats.

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Authors & Contributors
Yip, Ka-che
Ong, Aihwa
Chen, Nancy N.
Evensen, Darrick T.
Clarke, Christopher E.
Abeysinghe, Sudeepa
Journals
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Science Communication
Science in Context
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Journal of Medical Biography
Publishers
Hong Kong University Press
Duke University Press
University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
Cambridge University
Cambridge University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
Concepts
Public health
Infectious diseases
Disease and diseases
Pandemics
Medicine and society
Epidemics
People
Latta, Thomas Aitchison
Mao, Zedong
Places
China
Taiwan
Hong Kong
Singapore
Asia
South Korea
Times
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
Institutions
World Health Organization (WHO)
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