The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone

Setting:

The 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 large cave there called Kitcum cave. After his trip to Kitcum cave he
went home and three days later had a huge headache that wouldn\'t go away.

That is the first symptom of this deadly disease. A few days later he went
to the doctors and they told him he should go to a bigger hospital in Nairobi.

Charles caught a flight to Nairobi an the ninth day after his visit to
kitcum cave. All through the flight to Nairobi he was throwing up blood
mixed with a black liquid. When he got to the hospital he sat down and
waited to be served. Then his spine went limp and nerveless and he lost
all sense of balance. he started going into shock. He then started throwing
up an incredible amount of blood from his stomach and spilt it on to the
floor. The people who were there said the only sound was the choking in
his throat from his constant vomiting while he is unconscious. Then came
the sound of bed sheets being torn in half which is the sound of his bowels
opening up and venting blood from the anus. The blood is mixed with intestinal
lining. His gut is sloughed. The linings of his intestines come off and
were being expelled from his body along with huge amounts of blood. This
dying process which happens to nine out of ten people who come in contact
with the deadly disease is called crashing and bleeding. Samples of his
blood were flown to all the major disease labs in the world. The disease
was a Marburg Strain.

In Sudan the same types of deaths were
wiping out whole tribes. So Gene Johnson flew over there and worked with
sick members of the tribes to try and find a cure. This strain of Marburg
was called Ebola Sudan for were it was found. Later in Zaire there was
an out post of missionaries who would give vaccine shots and penicillin
to local tribes. One of the nuns there became sick with a similar disease.

She died and her blood was sent to disease labs all over the world. The
strain was called Ebola Zaire since it was discovered in Zaire.

In Reston Maryland there was a monkey house
that would ship monkeys all over the US. to labs for medical experiments.

Suddenly all the monkeys started dying in one room. Tom Jahrling from fort

Detrick came down and took a look at the monkeys and took some samples.

He took back and he and Tom Geisbert looked at it and thought it was just
a small monkey virus and try smelled it which is a way to tell what something
was. They couldn\'t tell what it was so they looked at it under a electron
microscope and it looked allot like Marburg. They were scared because they
had smelled the container of the marburg. They didn\'t tell anyone that
they had been exposed.

The Military and the C.D.C. (Center for

Disease Control) sealed off the whole building and Nancy Jaax