The Hot Zone Part 4

What did you think about the reading?

I liked the ending and how the author went back to the Kitum Cave. Although the origin of Ebola is still a mystery he gave the story a sense of closure by talking about Nature and all the earth’s viruses and diseases. I found his statement on balance very interesting. He feels that “the rainforest has its own defenses” and earth’s so-called immune system is using viruses as a means of clearing the world of the “human parasite”. He also visits the old abandoned monkey house. He talks about how the virus still continues to live there.

What did you learn?

I learned that Ebola is a strong virus that can last up to five day in water where AIDS can only survive for twenty seconds. I also learned more on the AIDS virus and where it first appears and how it affects the human population today especially in Africa where its effects are seen the most.  I read about some of the emerging viruses in the world and how rain forests are the largest reservoirs to them.

What questions do you still have?

I would like to know more on the ways Nature balances itself. I’m still curious about how all these emerging virus first showed up from there ecosystems. I’m interested in the rainforests and all the life it holds. I also would like to know how long the Ebola Reston survives in the Monkey House and if a vaccine to any of the Ebolas is ever really found.  

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2 thoughts on “The Hot Zone Part 4

  1. The concept of the “human parasite” was intriguing and I believe that it could provide for a fascinating paper. I am very glad that Richard Preston wrote his book and utilized the amount of detail that he did. He is truly a knowledgeable individual and it was a great experience listening to him describe the many happenings surrounding Ebola. We can only wait and see what happens with diseases in the future.

  2. I would have liked if the author had given the readers a bit more closure, but then again the story of the fight against hot agents has not really ended. I wonder if there was another unexpected outbreak of Ebola, and if the situation was handled the same way. It is a bit frightening how we may not always be able to fight back such outbreaks, however we must come to accept it as a part of life.

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