The Hot Zone Essay

AUTHOR: Richard Preston PUBLISHER: Random

House DATE OF PUBLICATION: 1994 Setting: The

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setting g takes place in two major places. Reston Maryland

which is a suburb of Washington DC. and the second major

area is in Kenya Africa. The story takes place in the 1980’s.

Main Characters: Since this story is a true story there is no

one character that is a main character. The author does not

create the story around any one main character so I’ll just list

every character I can remember from the book. 1. Charles

Monet: He was the first host to the deadly ebola virus

breakout in Africa. He was 56 years old and was kind of a

loner according to the authors interviews with people. 2. Dr.

Mosoke: He was Charles Monets doctor when Charles

crashed and bled out which means when the host suddenly

starts bleeding infectious blood out of every orifice in the

body. 3. Nancy Jaax: She was a veterinary pathologist at a

military fort in Maryland.. 4. Jerry Jaax: He was a

veterinarian and husband to Nancy Jaax. 5. Peter Jahrling:

He was a disease expert at Fort Detrick 6. Gene Johnson:

He was in charge of the Reston operation. He also was the

discoverer of Ebola Sudan. 7. Nun: The Nun’s name was

unknown but she had the very first recorded case of Ebola

Zaire which is the most dangerous of the three strains.

Summary: This is a true story. On New Year’s Day 1980 a

man named Charles Monet went on a trip with a girl friend

of his up to Mnt. Elgon in West Kenya. They spent the night

there and went to a l…


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