The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 14, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 448 pages
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The bestselling landmark account of the first emergence of the Ebola virus. 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 exotic "hot" virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their "crashes" into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone proves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

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User Review  - homeschoolmimzi - LibraryThing

This book was recommended to me about a month ago. Published in 1994, it is a nonfiction account of the origin, discovery and initial spread of the Ebola virus. The book starts out interesting, with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

This book follows the story of the origin of a few different Ebola and Ebola-type viruses. Might not sound fascinating, but Preston makes the book read like fiction, but scarily enough, it's not ... Read full review

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Richard Preston is the author of several books, most recently The Cobra Event. He is a regular contribuot to The New Yorker. He has also won the AAAS-Westinghouse Award and the McDermott Award in the Arts from MIT.

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