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The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story (1994)

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 virus. The book tells this dramatic story, giving an account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race.… (more)
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excellent non-fiction book on viruses ( )
  lkubed | Aug 14, 2022 |
I read this back when it came out. ( )
  btbell_lt | Aug 1, 2022 |
Panicky sort of doomsday fare that passes for popular information today. True tales of prospective [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1362814142p2/3389.jpg] [b:The Stand|149267|The Stand|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1213131305s/149267.jpg|1742269]-like plagues. Journalistic writing tries to pass off as scientifically based but anecdotes are the main fare here and there is precious little science. The various plagues enumerated within: Anthrax, Ebola, West Nile, Bird Flu, etc. just have not shown an ability, in the 16 years since the book was written, to jump to a form that is going to become more epidemic for humans. In the process journalists like Mr. Preston red-herring us into taking our eyes off the real, largely preventable, Third World killers: good ol' Malaria, Cholera, HIV. The total fatal cases of all the diseases enumerated in The Hot Zone in 10 years only add up to a fraction of the Malaria deaths each year.

The danger in this kind of reportage is it takes our eye off the real problems of things like breast cancer, HIV, car crashes, gun violence, substance abuse, diabetes, and other various things that need work to prevent the far more numerous fatalities. ( )
  Gumbywan | Jun 24, 2022 |
Well researched, terrifyingly true facts about the origin of the Ebola virus. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
In 1989 I worked for a medical lab in BalTimOre in the electrical engineering department. I've written about some aspects of this in a RATicle called "Chemical & Biological Warfare Research at what was formerly known as Maryland Medical" in the 4th issue of a magazine called "Street Rat Bag". In this environment I had exposure to info that made me realize more vividly than I had already how vulnerable society-at-large is to possible lab disasters.

"The Hot Zone" addresses a situation that came close - the possibility of an outbreak of the deadly ebola virus caused by moving infected monkeys from Africa to a facility in Reston, Virginia. What even the authors of this bk don't know is that that particular facility is rumored to have been casually burglarized around that time by someone out of curiousity w/o ever getting caught. The eco-disaster was even closer to happening than they realized. This is a sensational(ist) bk but it's also an even more dire threat than many people realize. & these threats are in an urban environment nearer YOU than you may realize. ( )
  tENTATIVELY | Apr 3, 2022 |
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The second angel poored his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a dead man. --Apocalypse
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To Frederic Delano Grant, Jr., admired by all who knew him.
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1980 New Year's Day: Charles Monet was a loner.
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The kill rate in humans infected with Ebola Zaire is nine out of ten. Ninety percent of the people who come down with Ebola Zaire die of it. Ebola Zaire is a slate wiper in humans.
You can't fight off Ebola the way you fight off a cold.
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Be careful when combining a book titled Virus with the author's last name of Preston. Both Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child AND Richard Preston have a book with this title.
ISBN 9024537193 is actually by Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child; not 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 virus. The book tells this dramatic story, giving an account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race.

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