The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston Review

The Hot Zone is a bone-chilling story with a close encounter with a lethal virus called Ebola. The book begins by describing a gruesome detail, outbreaks of Marburg (related to Ebola), and the two strains of Ebola virus, which seemed capable of wiping out the entire human race.

The setting of the story takes place in two major places. Reston Maryland which is a suburb of Washington D.C. and the second major area is in Kenya Africa. The story takes place in the 1980s.

Since the story is true there is not one main character. The author does not create the story around any one main character.

The story begins on New Years Day 1980 a man named Charles Monet went on a trip with his girlfriend up to Mt. Elgon up in West Kenya. They spent the night there and went to a large cave called kitcum cave. After his trip to Kitcum cave Monet went home and three days latter he had a huge headache that wouldnt go away.

That is the first symptom of this deadly disease. A few days latter he went to the doctors and thy told him that he should go to a bigger hospital in Nairobi. Charles caught a flight to Nairobi, which was the ninth day after his visit to the cave. All through the flight he was throwing up blood mixed with black liquid. When he got to the hospital he sat down and waited to be served. Then his spine went limp and also his sense of balance.

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He started going into shock. He then started throwing up incredible amount of blood form his stomach and started spiting it onto the floor. The people who where there said the only sound they herd was the choking in hi!

s throat from his constant vomiting while he was unconscious. Then came the sound of the bed sheets being torn in half, which was the sound of his bowels opening up and venting blood from the anus. The blood is mixed with intestinal lining. His gut was. The linings of his intestines came off and were being expelled from his body along with huge amounts of blood. This is the dying process, which happens to nine out of ten people who come in contact with the deadly disease, which is called crashing and bleeding. Samples of his blood were flown to all major disease labs in the world. The disease was called Marburg Strain. In Sudan, the same type of deaths where wiping out whole tribes. A man named Gene Johnson flew over there and worked with the sick members of the tribes and tried to find a cure. This strain of Marburg was called Ebola Sudan because of where it was found. A few years latter in Zaire there was an out post of missionaries who gave vaccine shots and pe!

nicillin to local tribes. One of the nuns became sick with a similar disease. She unfourtanaly died. After her death her blood was sent to labs around the world. The strain of this Disease was called Ebola Zaire because it was discovered in Zaire. In Reston Maryland there was a monkey house that shipped monkeys all over the U. S to labs for medical experiments. Suddenly all the monkeys started dying in one room. Tom Jahrling from fort Derrick came down and took a look at the monkeys and took some samples. He took the blood back to his lab and he and Tom Jahrling from Fort Detrick came down and took a look at the monkeys and took some samples. He took back and he and tom looked at it and thought it was just a small monkey virus, and tried to smell it, which is a way to tell what something was. They couldnt tell what it was so they looked under an electron microscope and it looked a lot like Marburg. They where scared because it smelled very similar to the container !

of Marburg. They didnt tell anybody that it had been exposed. The military and the C.D.C (Center for disease control) sealed off the whole building and Nancy Jaxx and her husband who where veterinarians at this military base camp had been exposed to the disease but had been cure, they led squads of people inside the building wearing space suits. While two people where working inside the building they were accidentally cut and their space suits were torn which ment they were exposed to the virus. They found out that the virus they were working with was relative close to Ebola Zaire

They killed the monkeys in the building and locked their corpses up, because they were predicting that if the virus got out it would total the human population. It would be like another black plague, but the black plaque only killed 50% of those inflicted with the disease while this killed 90%. They put a chemical in the building and let it sit there for three days. After three days nothing was alive in the entire building, not even a tiny microscopic virus could live. But four people who had been exposed to the virus and surprising they all lived they latter realized that the virus must have mutated so it would not harm humans, but if it was activated again and could effect humans it would be devastating. This new virus was called Ebola Reston.

I thought the book was really scary. It was scary to see there are diseases that could completely wipe us out, and that we got really lucky at Reston. I thought that the book was also very educating. From a scale of one to ten I give this book a ten, because the author uses great detail. For example when the author tells the effects of the disease and has a very graphical description. The author has a way of getting his point across, he makes the book easy flowing and easy to read unlike other books where I have to read over and over again. Even thought the book was disgusting I really enjoyed reading it.

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