A book analysis of the hot zone by richard preston

He took back and he and Tom Geisbert looked at it and thought it was just a small monkey virus and try smelled it which is a way to tell what something was. Reality can be so much more scary than fiction.

marburg virus

That is the first symptom of this deadly disease. Imagine a virus with the infectiousness of influenza and the mortality rate of the black plague in the Middle Ages-- that's what we're talking about. He in turn contacts Major General Philip K. Hoyt-Disick, Gabrielle.

A book analysis of the hot zone by richard preston

As a result, this book is hard to put down, very scary, crammed with the detail that can make fiction seem real — or reality read like fiction: "She opened up the space suit and laid it down on the concrete floor and stepped into it, feet first. Eventually, the entire building is decontaminated, and the personnel return to their regular lives. Checking for contamination, they take a whiff of the culture, but smell nothing. Heading research on Ebola at the Institute is Eugene Johnson Gene , who has hunted Ebola for decades—most scientists are too scared of the virus to work with it. The suit had brown rubber gloves that were attached by gaskets at the cuffs. Still it goes relatively smoothly, with a few close calls as news vans attempt to drive by and investigate. A week later he becomes ill with a fever and vomiting, and he grows so ill that he must be flown to Nairobi Hospital. In the end, the Reston Ebola proved fatal to monkeys but seemed to infect humans without any harm, although it is so nearly identical to the deadly Zaire virus that scientists still cannot see the difference. The monkeys at a research facility in Reston, Virginia, begin to fall ill, and after some time, the head veterinarian sends tissue samples to Nancy Jaax's colleagues. They determine the illness is a strain of Ebola.

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Meanwhile, Nancy and Jerry are both promoted, becoming lieutenant colonels. In order to contextualize the danger posed by this outbreak, Preston provides background about several other viral outbreaks, particularly in Africa in the s and s.

Nancy jaax

Upon reading The Hot Zone, one could easily believe that this compelling yet terrifying story sprang from the imaginations of Stephen King or Michael Crichton. Preston casts this story as a scientific thriller, which it is. Nancy Jaax has the essence of perfection that all women desires to have. Marburg and Ebola pose the new threat of a virus "trying, so to speak, to crash into the human species. Opinion: I thought the book was really scary. Years later, I participated in Princeton Model Congress in high school and I first discovered public health Joseph B. Ebola, he thinks, has disappeared for the time being. Unfortunately for the U. These viruses attack every organ in the body, causing both massive bleeding and deadly blood clots. Jerry Jaax: He was a veterinarian and husband to Nancy Jaax. Of Ebola's seven proteins, three are vaguely understood and four are "completely unknown — their structure and their function is a mystery. On the second day, however, a monkey escapes—but the next day Jerry is finally able to catch it. The experiment ends soon after this incident—but not before Gene and Nancy discover that Ebola is able to mutate and make itself airborne.

They determine the illness is a strain of Ebola.

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THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston