The Hot Zone
ISBN: 0385427107 Global Overview for this book
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The book begins with a description of some of the earliest known outbreaks of the related viruses Marburg, Ebola Sudan, and Ebola Zaire. It describes, in graphic and terrifying detail, the effects of these viruses on the victims who become infected with them. While these stories are not directly related to the Reston incident, they are essential for the reader to fully appreciate the danger posed by that outbreak, and the extreme response taken by those who responded to it.
This work of non-fiction is a gripping page turner, and even though you know that the Reston incident was successfully contained (clearly, since it was not a major news story of historical importance), the author still makes the narrative compelling for the reader. For those who worry that the U.S. is not sufficiently prepared to respond the the threat posed by Ebola, this book might actually be reassuring. This incident was handled remarkably well, at a time when the full risk was not widely appreciated. In the intervening decades, it seems likely that the CDC and other agencies would have studied the response to the Reston incident and worked to perfect their response protocols. An excellent look inside the world of those who work with the most dangerous bio-hazards on the planet.
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