In 1980 a man named Charles Monet went on a trip with a girlfriend up to Mountain Elgon in West Kenya. They spent the night there and went to a large cave called Kit cum cave. Three days after his return home, Charles began to have a headache. A few days later he went to the doctors and they told him he should go to a bigger / better hospital in Nairobi. So Charles flew to Nairobi.
During the flight to Nairobi Charles found himself vomiting blood with a black liquid. Charles finally reached the hospital only to wait. While he was waiting and he lost all sense of balance. Charles started to go into shock. He started to throw up even more blood. The people who were there said the only sound was the choking in his throat from his constant vomiting.
Then the horrid sound of his bowels opening up was also heard by the witnesses. Blood mixed with his intestinal lining then leaked out of his body. This was a 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 identified as Marburg Strain. In Sudan the same type of virus was wiping out whole tribes. So Gene Johnson (the one in charge of the Reston operation, and discoverer of Ebola Sudan) flew over there and worked with the sick members of the tribes to try and find a cure.
Human body consists of organs which each plays a role in a coordinated system to facilitate the normal function ability of the body. Sometimes the body might function abnormally due to failure of proper function of an organ or organs. In such a situation the organ might be affected by a disease which might inflict pain to the body, damaging it and often might result to total failure and eventually ...
This strain of Marburg was called Ebola Sudan because of where it was found. Later on in Zaire, missionaries would give vaccine shots and penicillin to local tribes to help reduce the number of outbreaks. One of the nuns whose name was unknown there became sick with a similar disease. She had the very first recorded case of Ebola Zaire which is the most dangerous of the three strains.
She died and her blood was sent to disease labs all over the world as well. 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 United States to labs for medical experiments. Suddenly the monkeys started dying.
Peter JahlringHe was a disease expert at Fort Detrick from fort Detrick came and took a look at the monkeys and took some blood samples. Jahlring and Tom Gisbert then looked the samples, thinking it was just a monkey virus and accidentally exposed themselves to the virus. They looked at it under an electron microscope. To their surprised it looked very similar to the Ebola Zaire virus. They became frightened because they had been exposed to the container of the Ebola Zaire so they didn’t tell anyone. The Military and the C.
D. C. (Center for Disease Control) sealed off the building. Nancy Jaax, a veterinary pathologist at a military fort in Maryland and Jerry Jaax, a veterinarian and husband of Nancy, led squads of people inside the building wearing specially made suits. Two people working inside the building were cut and their space suits were torn leaving them exposed to the virus. They found out that the virus they were working with was a close relative to Ebola Zaire.
Ebola Zaire is the most lethal of all strains of Ebola. It is so lethal that nine out of ten of it’s victims die. They killed all the monkeys in the building and locked their corpses up. This is because if the virus got out it would kill the entire human population. It would be like another Black Plague, but the Black Plague only killed 50% percent of those infected while this killed 90% percent. They put a special chemical inside the building to kill the virus.
Have a throbbing headache? An ache behind the reddened eyes. Relentless now, two days ago you were normal. Nausea now sets in with a spiked fever. Next you began to vomit. After a while of intense vomiting you end up with dry heaves, and at the same time you start to become strangely passive. Your face starts to loose its normal appearance, the glow is completely gone. Your face is now an ...
The chemicals were left in the building for a few days to ensure their effectiveness. After a few days the building was examined and it was found the chemical had in fact killed the virus. The four people that had been exposed to the virus surprisingly all lived. Later it was realized that the virus must have mutated so it would not cause harm humans. This new virus was called Ebola Reston. But if the virus was to mutate again, the results could be deadly for the human population.
Part II At first I believe that the author is trying to convey the message that there are many worse things out there than HIV and AIDS. Preston seems to play with the idea that the public is more concerned HIV/AIDS epidemic. I believe that Preston tries to open the public’s eyes to a different type of virus. Preston shows how Ebola is more contagious, more lethal, and capable of doing more damage. ‘Ebola does in ten days what it takes HIV ten years to accomplish,’ Richard Preston. I believe that because this is a real story with real people it can really effect the reader.
The facts presented in the reading of this book could impact society in many different ways. Our society today is very concerned with germs, cleanliness, etc. One can hardly watch TV for a few minutes without seeing an ad for an antibacterial product. Hand sanitizers are now carried in our purses. There are even antibacterial wipes for kids.
Our society wouldn’t be able to deal with such a damaging virus such as Ebola. The facts about the virus in the book just intimidate society. If there were a case of such a virus, I believe it would be all over the news. There would probably even be a panic and most of the public would be trying to get a vaccine or some kind of treatment from their doctor. I feel as if our society wouldn’t be prepared to deal with such a virus.
I get the feeling that our society is very paranoid, especially after the incident of September 11 th. If this virus were to get out into our society I feel that there would definitely be a very large panic. The virus would also spread so quickly and do so much damage in a very short period of time. The virus would basically wipe out our population if it weren’t contained / controlled properly. The book presented this problem, with the virus being dormant for a while, and then starting to contaminate a population. The book also has the virus being spread within a lab holding monkeys (used for experiments) that was located in the United States.
Fahrenheit 451 Response #1: From the first section of the novel, titled The Hearth and the Salamander you mostly get involved in the setting, and get in contact with the characters. I believe the author gives very attention-grabbing and outstanding descriptions of the characters in this novel, which include, Guy Montage, Clarisse McClellan, Mildred Montag, The Operators, Captain Beatty, Stoneman ...
This creates fear in the reader’s mind, because one would think it is just a matter of time before the virus gets out into the “real” world. The book deals with the problem by locking up the lab and getting rid of the virus by placing chemicals into the building with the monkeys. Because this is a true story, I believe that this would be the most logical solution to the problem. Overall, I felt this was a very interesting book to read. It was able to keep my attention and kept me from putting the book down.
Some of the parts seemed to be a little graphic and were gross. I would recommend this book to anyone who wanted to read a good true story about viruses.