The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

By Richard Preston

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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 accou A highly infectious, deadly virus from...

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June 15th 1999 by Anchor Books

(first published December 1994)

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"In biology, nothing is clear, everything is too complicated, everything is a mess, and just when you think you understand something, you peel off a layer and find deeper complications beneath. Nature is anything but simple."
"To mess around with Ebola is an easy way to die. Better to work with something safer, such as anthrax."
"When people asked him why he didn't work with those viruses, he replied, I don't particularly feel like dying."
"The earth is attempting to rid itself of an infection by human parasite."
"It showed a kind of obscenity you see only in nature, an obscenity so extreme that it dissolves imperceptibly into beauty."
"He liked the loneliness of inner space, the sense of being forgotten by the world."
"Humans in space suits make monkeys nervous."
"Nine out of ten humans killed? And you're not bothered."
A look of mysterious thoughtfulness crossed his face. "A virus can be useful to a species by thinning it out," he said.
A scream cut the air. It sounded nonhuman.
He took his eyes off the water and looked around. "Hear that pheasant? That's what I like about the Bighorn River," he said.
"Do you find viruses beautiful?"
"Oh, yeah," he said softly. "Isn't it true that if you stare into the eyes of a cobra, the fear has another side to it? The fear is lessened as you begin to see the essence of the beauty. Looking at Ebola under an electron microscope is like looking at a gorgeously wrought ice castle. The thing is so cold. So totally pure." He laid a perfect cast on the water, and eddies took the fly down. (92)"

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