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The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.


The Hot Zone
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The Hot Zone
September 1st, 2014
A back and forth chronology from the 1980s until recently of people Richard Preston interviewed. These people expressed their thoughts while dealing with the Ebola virus. It especially concerns the monkeys at at Reston VA location which were eradicated because of them dying due to contact with one another. The public and the experts did not know what caused the deaths. Some of the book details several people who traced the viruses back to Africa and visited there. This is a true story.
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February 18th, 2014
Highly sensationalist account about Ebola. The author attempts to shock readers with horrifying descriptions of infected people, but it just ends up being repetitive. Tons of useless details about the people involved - their not at all relevant life story, their co-workers who are barely involved in the event, their kids, their worries about their kids, etc...incredibly dull.
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