Rabies: The story of a diabolical virus


Hour 2

For most of us, the only time we think about rabies is when we take our dog or cat to the vets for vaccinations. But while rabies rarely kills people in Western countries, globally some 55,000 people die each year after being bitten by an infected animal like a dog, bat, raccoon, wild pig, or monkey.  Husband and wife team BILL WASIK, an editor atWired, and MONICA MURPHY, a veterinarian, have written a fascinating book about this deadly virus called “Rabid: A Cultural history of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus.” Wasik and Murphy talk with Marty about the science, history and mythology of the disease.

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