“The more one contemplates the hot viruses, the less they look like parasites and the more they begin to look like predators” (Preston 136). There is many different viruses around the planet; each spreading and mutating, jumping from species to species, picking out and taking down their prey. Richard Preston identifies viruses as predators in his novel, The Hot Zone, to show just how lethal they really are; the worst being the hot agent Ebola. The Ebola virus is the most dangerous hot agent, with high fatality rates, mutations, and limited survivors. Ebola is one of many hot agents around the world, however it is the deadliest.
Benitez backs his rabies theory up with irrefutable scientific evidence, also Pollin and Benedetto try to disprove the scientific evidence provided by Dr. Benitez with false information that portrays them as unreliable sources. This all seems to point to the idea that Poe died of rabies. With all of this evidence pointing towards Poe dying of rabies, it is very likely that this was the cause of his death, but nobody can know for sure, which seems fitting for the man who is responsible for every fright a scary movie will ever give you. This is why he is widely regarded as the father of the horror
In 1340 an infectious disease was spread by wild rats that carried bacteria. The reason why it was so deadly and gross was because the wild rats would carry Yersinia Pestis, which the fleas of the rats would bite into them and then bite into the humans. This was called The Black Death, also known as the Plague. The Black Death killed millions of people. The Black Death was one of europe 's most devastating widespreads in human history.
The most logical idea was to lance the boils. Nowadays people would say not to do that because it would spread the infection. This was a time before common sense was still developing. The people thought the bubo was the infection and they thought, kill the infection and you are cured. Another treatment was to hang perfume balls around your neck to purify the air you breathe.
An American man, William Seabrook, learned of the voodoo “zombi”, in which Haitians believed those with heavy sin lingered beyond death and became mindless servants. He recorded meeting four “zombies”, slaves employed by American manufacturers and made to work in squalid conditions, but he was ignorant to this and instead noted them as supernatural monsters (Crockett, 2016). Fast forward to 1940s, World War II was emerging, and zombies became an important part of media to expose fears of communist governments and atomic warfare. In the 1960s, the movie Night of the Living Dead which featured “... closing credits of the film are a series of still, grainy images, in which a mob of white Southerners puncture Ben’s lifeless body with meat hooks … final shot
On page 158, Preston writes, “Once the virus enters the cell, it becomes a Trojan horse”. Ebola is described as a very dangerous virus. The scientists try to find an end to this virus but know that it is unstoppable. Allusion is used when describing how Ebola invades the body. The Ebola virus enters the body and kills the host from the inside out.
Breaking news, Virus Outbreak Quiet and undetected like a ninja, a virus can quickly attack. Richard Preston describes the stealth behaviors of the different viral strains of Ebola and its development in the non-fiction novel, The Hot Zone. The Hot Zone explains the outbreak of the Ebola virus, demonstrating the danger of exposure to this virus. Several outbreaks and deaths are described in the novel, but through all Preston’s research and writing on the book, he has learned how to keep himself safe during his explorations. Viruses are spread from the lack of resources such as clean medical supplies, funding, and a general lack of medical treatment knowledge.
Japanese encephalitis, West Nile, and yellow fever) to human (Mitchell 1995, Shroyer 1986). All these viruses are very harmful to human and other organisms, they causes several diseases to humans. For instance in 2007 there was an outbreak of chikungunya in Italy, and other cases of dengue viruses were reported in south France and Croatia. The dengue virus is known to have four strains, therefore attacking one strain doesn’t immunize against contracting the other strains, so it become so difficult to treat the diseases caused by this virus. Chikungunya virus causes fever, swelling and redness of joints, severe rheumatic pains and in some cases death; according to research in various lab it has been shown that when a person is repeatedly infected with dengue viruses, this increases the risk of more severe sickness such as DenguhocyndromSS which induces shock as a result of a sharp drop in the volume of blood which might also lead to
Introduction Humanity has recurrently been facing pandemics. A pandemic is an epidemic, an outbreak of an infectious disease that spreads worldwide or at least across a large region. Some of the most known events have been the Spanish flu (at the beginning of the 20th century) or the H1N1 pandemics (at the beginning of the 21st century). It can already be noted that pandemics which were more localized in the past have now a world scope and world impact due to the travelling’s international intensity. The most recent pandemics that the world is facing is Ebola, which started in Western Africa, impacts heavily three countries, and leads to a number of countries shutting down their borders to nationals or visitors originating from the impacted
A single drop of infected blood or body fluid, transmitted through vomiting or bites, can change a person within seconds and the rage takes over. Thus, they are technically infected living but in a form of zombies. They have increased strength and endurance, loss of brain function and uncontrollable rage. Anything that would kill a human kills them. „Zombies in the Romero style are precisely what Robert Kirkman delivered when he kicked off the comic book series The Walking Dead in 2003“ (Lowder, 14).