The Hot Zone

by Richard Preston | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385427107 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingResQgeekwing of Alexandria, Virginia USA on 5/17/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by wingResQgeekwing from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, May 17, 2010
From the recent book sale at the Central Branch of the Arlington County Library, to be released.

Journal Entry 2 by wingResQgeekwing at Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, December 28, 2014
With the recent and massive outbreak of Ebola in Africa, I thought it might be time to read this book, which had been sitting on my “to be read” shelf for a long time. While this book reads like a thriller, it is actually a non-fiction account of an Ebola outbreak in Reston, Virginia, in the Washington, DC suburbs, in 1989. In view of the widespread impact of the most recent Ebola outbreak in Africa, the potential of the Reston outbreak to have created a massive public health crisis was immense and terrifying.

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.

Journal Entry 3 by wingResQgeekwing at Starbucks (Ballenger Ave.) in Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, December 29, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (12/29/2014 UTC) at Starbucks (Ballenger Ave.) in Alexandria, Virginia USA

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