The Disease Detectives:
Unraveling How Viruses Go Viral

Kris Hundley


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The experts at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) make it their mission answering baffling questions such as how is a pig-borne disease transmitted in a Muslim country, what kinds of parasites do Florida ticks carry and how has a cholera strain from Nepal evolved in Haiti?
The Disease Detectives takes you inside the EPI, a center of high-tech labs and high-speed computers where more than 200 investigators, including geographers, pediatricians, epidemiologists, and even ecologists, join forces to study and combat pathogens that cause diseases in plants, animals, and humans--from salmonella in tomatoes to African swine fever to HIV/AIDS.



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