Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: August 24, 2021
Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook

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How much do you know about the Zika virus?   Whereas it is easy to consider Zika to be someone else’s problem, the reality is that that ramifications of Zika evolving into a global pandemic are horrifying. This is the next generation we are talking about and honestly, we need to care.

Today the Prepper Book Festival features The Zika Virus Handbook by Joseph Alton.  Many of you are familiar with both Joe and his wife Amy who blog at Doom and Bloom dot net.  They are also authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook and a periodic contributor to this website.

Prepper Book Festival Zika Virus Handbook | Backdoor Survival

The Zika Virus Handbook begins with a fictional depiction of a young mother in Brazil whose infant is born with microcephaly.  It then goes into a discussion of the virus itself including signs, symptoms, and treatments.  After that there are chapters on pandemic diseases in general including an easy to understand chapter on how pandemics are spread, and possible (probable?) candidates for future pandemics.

All of this is written in what appears to be an unbiased manner, including a discussion of the alternative theories that are out there as to cause and effect.  For the record, I subscribe to some of these theories (sometimes called tin foil hat theories) but appreciate that we all need to do our own research and come to our own conclusions on such matters.

Joseph Alton is a medical doctor and is well-known in the survival and prepper community.  He is here to answer a new round of interview questions and has five copies of The Zika Virus Handbook to giveaway to lucky readers.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Joe Alton, Author of The Zika Virus Handbook

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

1. The ability to sterilize water. In a true survival situation, there will be many otherwise preventable deaths simply because we fail to pay attention to microbes that cause major diseases like Cholera and Dysentery. Failing to do so will cause infectious disease to run rampant among your people.

2. The ability to grow and produce food. My wife Amy, a nurse practitioner, and I felt so strongly about this we became Master Gardeners for our state through the Agricultural Extension Office. Everyone has to realize that, even if you’ve stored food, that, eventually, it will run out and your family will suffer if you don’t learn how to manage a working garden, not just for food but also for herbs that have medicinal benefit. We even have grown tilapia in ponds down here in South Florida, where temperatures allow them to survive year-round.

3. The ability to deal with the various medical issues you will inevitably encounter. Most medical conditions, where they’re injuries or illnesses, have a strategy that will work even with limited supplies. If you obtain some medical knowledge and supplies now, have no doubt, you’ll save lives later.

What would you purchase if you only had $500 to spend on preparedness supplies?

A water filter, seeds for plants that can produce food in the climate we’re in, long-term food storage, a Firestarter, and a good medical kit. If we had some money left over, a reliable firearm would be an important addition.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?

As a doctor and nurse team, our main focus is healing injuries, not causing them. Although we have the means to defend ourselves, we could use more training on dealing with tactical situations, not from a medical standpoint, but from the standpoint of abolishing threats.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

Our family is alternately amused by and interested in the measures we’ve taken to become prepared and help others become prepared. This mostly depends on what’s in the news. If a natural disaster/epidemic hits the front page or, say, a mass shooting or bombing occurs, they’re plenty interested. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been enough to get them on the same page as us.

What work of fiction do you feel gives the best portrayal of what could happen in real life?

I like W. Fortschen’s One Second After, and some of Jim Rawles’ books.

We’ve been honored to be mentioned in a number of apocalyptic fiction books, such as Franklin Horton’s Legion of Despair, where the main character was asked where he learned how to close a wound. The answer? “Good ol’ Dr. Bones.”   In “As The Ash Fell” by A.J. Powers, the main character finds our Survival Medicine Handbook in some rubble.

In others, like Absolute Anarchy by Johnny Jacks, and The Simple Survival Smart Book by Pat Shrier, we’re mentioned in the context of austere medical strategies.

All of these books are good reading.

If there was a disruptive event and you had to evacuate, what non-fiction books or reference manuals would you take with you?

There are so many books that have great advice for people in disaster scenarios, that it’s difficult to mention them all. I like the series of books by our good friend Jim Cobb, but there are so many others that make me wish I had a mobile library.

I’d like to mention The Survival Group Handbook by Charley Hogwood. If you’re going to function as a group, Charley’s book is an important addition to your collection.

Do you have anything else, such as an announcement, message, personal experience, that you would like to share with the readers on Backdoor Survival?

We’d like to announce our brand new Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Help is Not on the Way has just been published. It’s 700 pages on 150 medical issues you might face in the role of medic for your family and/or group, and the entire book assumes that something has happened that has taken away modern medicine.

Almost all medical books, even “survival” ones, mention transport to the doctor or hospital; we assume that these options no longer exist, and that YOU are the end of the line with regards to your family’s well-being. Best of all, it’s in plain English that anyone can understand and put to use. Also, our website at has now passed it 800th article, video, and podcast.

Our main message to your readers is our mission: We want to put a medically prepared person in every family for any disaster. Have no doubt, you can be that person. If we can inspire just one individual to become that medic, to save a life in good times or bad, we’ve accomplished our objective.

The Giveaway

Five copies are reserved in this newest Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to individuals with a mailing address in the United States.

The Final Word

The Zika Virus Handbook is an important read because there is so much mystery surrounding the virus, the mosquitoes that carry it, and how it came to spread to quickly.   The Zika notwithstanding, it is my fear that as disease spreading insects mutate, there will be more of the same.  With Zika, the victims are innocent infants and their families, but next time, it could be us.

Scary stuff.

It is always a pleasure to work with Joe and his wife, Amy. In addition to being genuinely nice people, they provide a huge service to our prepper community by sharing their wisdom online, in books, and at various speaking engagements.  For that I am grateful.

To learn more about the books in this latest book festival, visit Prepper Book Festival #12: The Best Books to Help You Prepare, Stay Healthy and Be Happy.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight: The Zika Virus Handbook

NY Times bestselling author Joseph Alton, MD provides a doctor’s perspective to the Zika Virus in his newest book.

Zika virus is an infectious disease that has reached pandemic status after crossing the Atlantic. The World Health Organization expects up to four million cases in this hemisphere and researchers have linked Zika to birth deformities in newborns and significant neurological disease. Written in plain English, “The Zika Virus Handbook” explains all you need to know about the epidemic in a calm, no-nonsense fashion.

The book gives a solid plan of action for Zika protection that can be easily followed in a concise guide. All this from a physician that has decades of experience as an obstetrician, and who is a well-known writer on medical preparedness.

The book also outlines other pandemic diseases, past and present, and discusses way to control the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the disease through its bite. Like many pandemic diseases, many controversial theories abound about why Zika has become a threat, and you’ll find these and commentary on their plausibility in “The Zika Virus Handbook”.


Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

Survival Medicine Handbook 2016


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41 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 12: The Zika Virus Handbook”

  1. I so plan to get this book. Just as important to how to manage is the cause—since it happened “there” be aware it can happen here. Here:s how

  2. Yes,I did see your article, haven’t seen the Harvard one yet . Will be looking it up shortly. Your article is what got me started on trying to find out more information about storing our “drugs” I know my epi and DH’s shots will not keep but since most of our meds are in pill form I wanted to know how often I would need to “rotate” what I have been stockpiling. I keep them in a dark cool place in their original dark brown bottles. With my allergies to a whole lot of plants I haven’t really looked into herbal remedies just yet.

  3. What I would like is a Definitive answer on how long I can store medicines other than penicillin, sulfa and tetracycline. My Husband is on SEVERAL different meds including a shot twice a month that need refrigeration for his anklyospinosis (arthritis). I have hereditary high cholesterol and no thyroid to speak of because of my Lupus and TBMD of the kidney Diet and the meds are helping me but in a long term SHTF situation how do I stay healthy, how do I keep DH healthy and going? I’ve seen all sorts of different time lines for meds It’s so confusing. I have just come off a massive severe infection in my face and cannot take Penicillin Can I store Clindamicyn? HOW do I store it? How long will it last? I have been searching for the Army’s research on the study they supposedly have done on the viable life of medicines but so far haven’t come across anything.

    • Have you seen this article and Harvard Medical School Study?

      If I have some time, I will try to track down the original miliary study.

  4. My “survival medicine” question is practice makes us better. Where and how you practice these skills?

  5. I’d like to read an updated post on what medical emergencies people have experienced the most, say the top three to five, and focus on what supplies are needed for them.

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