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Synopsis[ edit ] The book is in four sections: This part also introduces a young promising physician who became infected with Marburg virus while treating Monet.
Viruses, biosafety levels and procedures were described. The Ebola virus disease outbreaks caused by Ebola virus and its cousin, Sudan virusare mentioned. Preston talks to the man who named the Ebola virus.
Army and Centers for Disease Control. It starts with the monkey house receiving a shipment of wild monkeys. After four weeks, 29 of these monkeys have died. This is followed by the veterinarian for the facility, Dan Dalgard, examining the dead monkeys and sending the samples to Peter Jahrlinga virologist at United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
After seeing a rope-like virus under the microscope, it is suspected that the monkeys were infected with a hot agent similar to the Marburg virus. Jahrling then conducts a blood test to find out that the hot agent is the Ebola Zaire virus.
This conclusion leads to the Army Medical Research Institute deciding to euthanize all the monkeys in the same room as the infected monkeys.
Not long after, he begins to suffer from a number of symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and red eye. He is soon taken to Nairobi Hospital for treatment, but his condition deteriorates further and he goes into a coma while in the waiting room.
This particular filovirus is called Marburg virus. While preparing food for her family at home, she cuts her right hand. Later, while working on a dead monkey infected with Ebola virus, one of the gloves on the hand with the open wound tears, and she is almost exposed to contaminated blood, but does not get infected.
Nurse Mayinga is also infected by a nun and elects to visit Nairobi Hospital for treatment, where she succumbs to the disease. Early during the testing process in biosafety level 3when one of the flasks appeared to be contaminated with harmless pseudomonas bacteriumtwo USAMRIID scientists exposed themselves to the virus by wafting the flask.
They later determine that, while the virus is terrifyingly lethal to monkeys, humans can be infected with it without any health effects at all.
This virus is now known as Reston virus. Finally, the author himself goes into Africa to explore Kitum Cave. Equipped with a hazmat suithe enters the cave and finds a large number of animals, one of which might be the virus carrier. At the conclusion of the book, he travels to the quarantine facility in Reston.
He finds the building abandoned and deteriorating. He concludes the book by claiming that Ebola will be back. Jahrling isolated the filovirus further.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted blood tests of the animal handlers. While 6 tested positive, they did not exhibit any symptoms.
The Reston virus was found to have low pathogenicity in humans. This was further supported later when a handler infected himself during a necroscopy of an infected monkey. However, the handler did not show symptoms of the virus after the incubation period.
A review in the British Medical Journal captures the paranoia and public panic described in this book.The Hot zoneI think people should know about the history of ebola.
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