January 2nd 2013 7:31 am
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Mom and I read a really cool book over the holidays. It was called "Rabid" by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy. It may sound like a horror book and at times it was very horrifying, but it was actually all about the the history of rabies. The book also tied rabies in to literature, from the greek myths to a zombie apocalypse and even vampires and werewolves too. See how those blood-sucking creatures fit the theme?
It talked about how early medicine tried to understand the cause of the virus and then how modern science is using what it has learned to investigate treatments for other illness that cross the blood/brain barrier.
It was not an overly scientific read and the medical things were actually very easy to understand. The ties to literature and even popular culture were alot of fun. We even learned where the expression "hair of the dog that bit you" originated! Perfect for New Year's morning! MOL!
The book even proposed that a number of famous people, including Edgar Allen Poe may have died due to rabies. The final chapters talked about some present day outbreaks including the island of Bali and even Central Park in New York City.
A fascinating read and a very good reminder to always stay up to date with your vaccinations (for animals and for humans) if situations warrant that. Raccoons and bats are our most prevalent carriers of the disease now.
On a side note, Mom listened to the radio alot over the holidays, and she often heard a commercial from our emergency vet which warned dog owners about the dangers of canine parvo virus. It seems we had a very bad outbreak last summer in our area.
Stay safe! Till next time lots of love and hugs from me,
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That sounds fascinating! We haven't seen it yet, but when the Mama googled it, we see it only came out this past summer. We'll probably start seeing it surface in the used market in the next few months. Will have to take a look!
thanks for the info! Our human sister works in animal science & when doing trapping & testing of animals for her grad degree had to get a rabies shot as a preventative. She will find this interesting & it will be a good gift!