As the tropical wildernesses of the world are destroyed, and nature's balance is thereby upset, previously unknown viruses are ready to emerge from the wreckage and enter human populations. In 1967 in Germany, a healthy monkey-keeper died a remarkably swift and gruesome death which mystified the medical profession. Outbreaks of a similarly ...Read MoreAs the tropical wildernesses of the world are destroyed, and nature's balance is thereby upset, previously unknown viruses are ready to emerge from the wreckage and enter human populations. In 1967 in Germany, a healthy monkey-keeper died a remarkably swift and gruesome death which mystified the medical profession. Outbreaks of a similarly ruthless disease occurred in tropical Africa during the 1970s, wiping out whole villages. Scientists were later able to identify the causes: lethal, highly infectious "hot" viruses from the tropical rain forest. This is an account of events which took place in 1989, when one such dangerous virus crossed continents and broke out inside a house of imported monkeys, a mere stone's throw from the White House. It describes the drama that later unfolded among the team of American laboratory workers and scientists who discovered the virus in the monkey-house, and struggled to contain it.Read Less
The first part of this book was really exciting - the true story of ebola breaking out in Africa, in horrifying detail.
Later, as the story focused on some army scientists dealing with an outbreak in monkeys in Washington D.C., it lost a lot of steam. The strain the monkeys had wasn't transmittable to humans, making it a lot less scary.
Feb 26, 2010
I've read this book twice, and both times couldn't put it down. For anyone in the profession dealing with disease on any level, this is a must own. For the casual reader, you may have nightmares, but it will give you a sense of reality that you will look for again in other books.
Nov 16, 2008
This was a great book. Plenty of gore and suspense was obviously a goal of preston when he wrote this book. He was well researched and unbiased. He put you back during this time period, and made you feel the effects of the Filoviruses. He put us in the shoes of the characters and made us feel what they feel.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-10 Preston's account of an outbreak of a strain of the Ebola virus among monkeys in a Virginia laboratory has spent more than 30 weeks on PW's bestseller list. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1994-06-27 Far more infectious than AIDS, filoviruses (thread viruses) are relentless killer machines that consume a human body in days, causing a gruesome death. Symptoms include liquefying flesh, spurts of blood, black vomit and brain sludge. Outbreaks of the Ebola filovirus devasted Sudan and Zaire in 1976. And in 1989 Philippine monkeys in a Reston, Va., research lab, found to be infected with Ebola, were the target of a U.S. Army-led biohazard task force that decontaminated the lab, exterminating hundreds of monkeys to prevent the possible airborne spread of the disease to humans. In a horrifying and riveting report, portions of which appeared in the New Yorker , Preston ( American Steel ) exposes a real-life nightmare potentially as lethal as the fictive runaway germs in Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain. Preston plausibly argues that the emergence of AIDS, Ebola and other highly adaptable rain-forest viruses is a consequence of ecological ruin of the tropics. A movie based on this book, directed by Ridley Scott ( Alien ), will star Robert Redford. Author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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