Summary Of The Hot Zone By Richard Preston

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In the book “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston (1995), Preston (1995) talks about Ebola, a killer disease that originally broke out in Central Africa. Preston (1995) talks about three main concerns that the public should have about Ebola. One concern is the biohazard safety levels, the second worry are the symptoms that people experience day to day and the third one is identifying the virus correctly.
Biohazard Safety Level Biohazard Safety Levels are very important from the CDC protecting the world population from small diseases such as HIV; to the worst of the worst like Ebola.

Biosafety Level Two Preston (1995) talks about the four biohazard safety level containment floors. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) start out with a level zero which is just processing and then you move on to level two; for some strange reason there is not a level one floor. Level two houses agents such as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). According to Preston, “HIV is a highly lethal but not very infective Biosafety Level 2 agent” (p. 4). This should concern to the public because HIV can be very lethal and should be held in a higher level of biosafety agents. The only thing that the CDC really …show more content…

147). Another rule that comes with a person working in this level is that the whole entire level has an alarm set all the time, just incase a pathogen gets loose. Preston states “ Staging area: Space-suit status ready. Alarms: Ready” (p. 5). This should alarm people because if the microorganism becomes loose the world is in big trouble. Anyone can contract a level three virus from breathing in horrible air. There are several types of diseases that a person can get from accidently breathing in these pathogens are Tuberculosis and Coxiella burnetii( Richmond, n.d.). both of which could potentially kill a human that comes in contact with

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