“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. Ebola outbreaks occur in primates, and are deadly. Ebola is a filoviridae that is extreme, and in most cases fatal, attacking primates, including humans (“Ebola” 1). Ebola has mutated, creating different strands that affects different primates in different ways. There's five different mutations of the Ebola virus: Ebola Zaire, Ebola Sudan, Taï Forest Ebola, Ebola Reston, and Bundibugyo Virus (“Ebola” 1). With so many different symptoms, which require a different attack. The Ebola virus is complex, making it even harder to fight. Ebola has intense symptoms, High fatality rates and no cure. “In humans, certain Ebola viruses can cause fatality in 50 to 90 percent of cases” (“Ebola” 1). Ebola …show more content…
This may be true but, new discoveries show that the overall statistics of AIDS has fallen. “The 2013 United Nations report on AIDS indicated that between 2001 and 2012, however, the annual number of new infections in some 26 countries dropped by at least half and since about 2005 the annual number of deaths by AIDS globally has also declined” (“AIDS” 2). AIDS has declining rates, and is no longer posing a huge threat to humans as it once did, on the other hand, Ebola is more dangerous because it is constantly changing, and evolving, making it more complex and nearly impossible to
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Dictionary.com defines a filo virus as “any of several filamentous single stranded RNA viruses.” The Hot Zone is a terrifying true story, by Richard Preston, about the historical stories of Ebola and other viruses such as Marburg and Simian Fever. Richard Preston teaches the reader that nature is unpredictable and that you should always be ready for something new. Dan Dalgard, Gene Johnson, and Nancy Jaax; these are just some of the extraordinary people who have made new breakthroughs in the medical field. Gene Johnson was one of the first discoverers of Ebola and has become an expert on the filo virus.
Whether an individual is professional or not, mistakes are inevitable. Most of the time, these mistakes are harmless and can be resolved. For example, a person may cut his or herself on accident; he or she can sanitize the cut and put a bandage on it. However, in the medical field, these negligible errors may determine everything. This narrative non-fiction contains an abundance of medical errors which are very crucial when dealing with viruses, especially when it is a Level four Ebola virus.
The consequences of handling the new found strain of Ebola is extremely high, resulting in an epidemic throughout the nation and maybe even more. Colonel C.J Peters and Nancy Jaax considers the catastrophic effect that Ebola would have on this quiet, peaceful community. Many of these problems arise due to human error, in fact even though USAMRIID tells the employees at the monkey house to stop working, they don’t pay attention to the words and see the risks of entering the contaminated building. This ignorance could have caused a disaster and all the responsibilty would have to be put on the USAMRIID and monkey house. Preston makes it clear in “The Hot Zone” that the potential for a devastating outbreak can be determined by a single member of the human
Ebola, despite being discovered in the 1970s, was still mysterious at the time of this big outbreak. The symptoms of Ebola includes internal and external bleeding, vomiting blood, Headache, difficulty breathing, and lack of appetite. Because we had no knowledge and preparation on Ebola, the virus was spread between others in a massive scale. At one point during the outbreak, a deadly strain of Ebola hit Zaire, erupting simultaneously in some 50 villages, killed nine out of ten people it infected. Zaire's president, Mobutu Sese Seko, called out his army to seal the Kinshasa hospital and the entire zone of infected villages, with orders to shoot anyone trying to come out.
Ebola spreads less easily than SARS because transmission can be stopped with proper PPE and can only be passed with direct contact of infected persons. SARS is an airborne viral disease that can float in the air for long periods of time even after the infected person has left the room, making it highly contagious (CDC,
The argument that all viruses are deadly is incorrect. In the Hot Zone, Preston explained how Ebola and Marburg caused an epidemic that killed over hundreds of people and animals. In the novel, Preston also mentions smallpox and malaria. Being diseases, there are cures for all of them which overtime will eventually prove to be not deadly. Although hundreds of lives were lost against the virus, there came a cure later on.
What I read about Ebola, has genuinely terrified me and I have the irrational fear that I will catch the Ebola virus. What scared me the most was when Richard Preston wrote “If a healthy person were placed on the other side of a room from a person who was sick with AIDS, the AIDS virus would not be able to drift across the room through the air and infect the healthy person. But Ebola had drifted across a room. It had moved quickly, decisively, and by an unknown route. Most likely the control monkeys inhaled it into their lungs.
The following pages show the effects of the illness and what measures have been taken. The Virus Itself Ebola has many ways of destroying one’s body. The virus is also so complex and confusing that scientists have to compare it to other viruses that they do know about. Preston (1995) points out, “The virus is related to diseases like mumps and rabies
The red death in “The Masque of The Red Death” by Edgar Allen Poe was based most likely on the Black Death or the Bubonic Plague. The red death and the Black Death have similar symptoms but not exactly the same. Both viruses ended in death just as Ebola (usually) does. When comparing the “The Masque of The Red Death” and the Ebola article,, I don’t think that he was talking about Ebola. But, he could have heard something about a slave that had Ebola.
In the novel The Hot Zone, Richard Preston tells the graphic truth of a family of filoviruses. This family, known to be home to the deadliest viruses on the planet, can easily kill it’s host within days. Throughout the book, Preston tells how this family of filoviruses has spread across the planet, and almost overcame the human race. Each story is a person’s particular encounter with the hot virus family, and how they either died from it, or overcame it. This family is home to three viruses: Marburg, Ebola Zaire, and Ebola Sudan.
Allusions can bring history into many types of literature. They compare and illustrate situations, people, and many other parts of a story to better the audience’s understanding of the connotation being presented. For example, the book The Hot Zone, portrays many examples of allusion. In this novel, scientists from all over the world research to find the natural host and the end to the Ebola virus and its sister, the Marburg virus. Many people and events in history are used to describe the way the Ebola virus behaves in humans and monkeys.
The Ebola virus did not start outbreaking in Africa until 1976. Up until last year in 2014 Ebola was contained to Africa for all we know, but some reports have shown it spreading. At the time when Prince Prospero ruled the land 200 years the virus might have not even been around, or just specific