"Sentinels of pandemics", by Fréderic Keck

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"Sentinels of pandemics, virus hunters and bird watchers on the borders of China". ZS editions

By: Caroline Lachowsky

What lessons can we learn from epidemics? For this last episode of small and big stories of epidemics, Caroline Lachowsky questions the anthropologist Fréderic Keck, director of the social anthropology laboratory at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) who has just published Les sentinelles des pandémies, chasseurs de virus and bird watchers at the borders of China.


What experience can be gained from health crises? Is it possible to prepare for the emergence or re-emergence of a virus? How have Asian countries neighboring China that have already experienced the SARS epidemic better protect themselves from Covid-19? The anthropologist Fréderic Keck conducted the investigation, just before the outbreak of the current pandemic, in Taiwan, Hong-Kong and Singapore.

In his book, Sentinels of pandemics, virus hunters and bird watchers on the borders of China , he shows us how and why it is essential to form a new living alliance, to imagine a form of association, of collaboration interspecies in the face of viruses between humans and other animals, in this case birds or bats. Sentries to anticipate pandemics.

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