The Hot Zone

Word Count: 946

AUTHOR: Richard Preston PUBLISHER: Random
House DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1994 Setting: The
setting g takes place in two major places. Reston Maryland
which is a suburb of Washington DC. and the second major
area is in Kenya Africa. The story takes place in the 1980\'s.
Main Characters: Since this story is a true story there is no
one character that is a main character. The author does not
create the story around any one main character so I\'ll just list
every character I can remember from the book. 1. Charles
Monet: He was the first host to the deadly ebola virus
breakout in Africa. He was 56 years old and was kind of a
loner according to the authors interviews with people. 2. Dr.
Mosoke: He was Charles Monets doctor when Charles
crashed and bled out which means when the host suddenly
starts bleeding infectious blood out of every orifice in the
body. 3. Nancy Jaax: She was a veterinary pathologist at a
military fort in Maryland.. 4. Jerry Jaax: He was a
veterinarian and husband to Nancy Jaax. 5. Peter Jahrling:
He was a disease expert at Fort Detrick 6. Gene Johnson:
He was in charge of the Reston operation. He also was the
discoverer of Ebola Sudan. 7. Nun: The Nun\'s name was
unknown but she had the very first recorded case of Ebola
Zaire which is the most dangerous of the three strains.
Summary: This is a true story. On New Year\'s Day 1980 a
man named Charles Monet went on a trip with a girl friend
of his up to Mnt. Elgon in West Kenya. They spent the night
there and went to a large cave there called Kitcum cave.
After his trip to Kitcum cave he went home and three days
later had a huge headache that wouldn\'t go away. That is the
first symptom of this deadly disease. A few days later he
went to the doctors and they told him he should go to a
bigger hospital in Nairobi. Charles caught a flight to Nairobi
an the ninth day after his visit to kitcum cave. All through the
flight to Nairobi he was throwing up blood mixed with a
black liquid. When he got to the hospital he sat down and
waited to be served. Then his spine went limp and nerveless
and he lost all sense of balance. he started going into shock.
He then started throwing up an incredible amount of blood
from his stomach and spilt it on to the floor. The people who
were there said the only sound was the choking in his throat
from his constant vomiting while he is unconscious. Then
came the sound of bed sheets being torn in half which is the
sound of his bowels opening up and venting blood from the
anus. The blood is mixed with intestinal lining. His gut is
sloughed. The linings of his intestines come off and were
being expelled from his body along with huge amounts of
blood. This dying process which happens to nine out of ten
people who come in contact with the deadly disease is
called crashing and bleeding. Samples of his blood were
flown to all the major disease labs in the world. The disease
was a Marburg Strain. In Sudan the same types of deaths
were wiping out whole tribes. So Gene Johnson flew over
there and worked with sick members of the tribes to try and
find a cure. This strain of Marburg was called Ebola Sudan
for were it was found. Later in Zaire there was an out post
of missionaries who would give vaccine shots and penicillin
to local tribes. One of the nuns there became sick with a
similar disease. She died and her blood was sent to disease
labs all over the world. The strain was called Ebola Zaire
since it was discovered in Zaire. In Reston Maryland there
was a monkey house that would ship monkeys all over the
US. to labs for medical experiments. Suddenly all the
monkeys started dying in one room. 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
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. They couldn\'t tell what it was so they looked at it under
a electron microscope and it looked allot like Marburg.
They were scared because they had smelled the container of
the marburg. They didn\'t tell anyone that they had been
exposed. The Military and the C.D.C. (Center for Disease
Control) sealed