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The Hot Zone
The Hot Zone, A Terrifying True Story is a best-selling 1994 non-fiction bio-thriller by Richard Preston describing the origins of incidents involving the hemorrhagic fevers caused by Ebola and Marburg viruses. The basis of the book was research done by Preston for his 1992 New Yorker article "Crisis in the Hot Zone".
The filoviruses Ebola and Marburg are both Biosafety Level 4 agents (because they are extremely human lethal and very infectious), that are often found in central Africa. Along with describing the history of these two illnesses, Preston describes an incident in which Ebola was suspected to be found in a Reston, Virginia, monkey storage warehouse.
The book is divided into four sections:
Due to the detailed and graphic descriptions of the effects of exotic tropical diseases, as well as the revelation that Ebola was found a few miles away from Washington D.C., The Hot Zone was hailed by many as a chilling and accurate story of lethal viruses and their encounters with humans.
Additional recommended knowledge
Joseph B. McCormick
Joseph B. McCormick, M.D, worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1974, and was made chief of the Special Pathogens Branch in 1982. He was responsible for the creation of the Level 4 containment structure at the CDC in Atlanta.
Joseph McCormick was a main character in Richard Preston's non-fiction thriller The Hot Zone.
Both Joe and his wife, Susan Fisher-Hoch, are noted experts in dangerous diseases, particularly those of West Africa. Together they wrote the book Virus Hunters of the CDC.
Hot zone (biohazard)
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