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I think the last part summed up the book really well, bringing us back to where it all started, at Kitum cave. I thought it was really brave of the author to go explore the cave, knowing it might be covered in lethal viruses. However the only things he found out were that it was not a dry cave like he had expected and it was carved by elephants. The author also went  to the monkey house and saw that a spider was in there, which means it could possibly bring Ebola back. That freaked me out a little along with the last line of the book, that says, “It will be back.” When the book ended, i still had a lot of unanswered questions. Whaat happened to Nancy and Jerry Jaax? Where did the virus come from? Will the virus change if it comes back? This book was pretty good overall, even though it got boring at times.

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Hot Zone Part 3

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Wow, this book keeps getting more and more suspenseful. It’s scary reading about how all the monkeys are dying and how Ebola spreads so easily. It is sad that they had to kill 400 monkeys, sick or not. It was interesting to see how the military handled everything and hopefully the cleaning of the monkey house will stop it from spreading. I also can’t believe they would hire 18 year olds. I think they should hire people with more experience in the field. Nancy Jaax’s actions were admirable, most people wouldn’t give up seeing thier dad for the last time just because they had to deal with a crisis at work. I found it ironic that after all that lecturing against Nancy working with level 4 viruses, Jerry decides to do it as well. Also, I don’t think resorting to duct tape to fix a hole in a suit is a good idea. You think they would have come up with somthing better than that to fix them or make them out of a indestructible material. I also don’t get how humans can be affected by Ebola, but not Reston.

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Even though part one was far more interesting, i still enjoyed part two. It scared me when the ebola like virus broke out in the monkey house in Reston because this time it was in the US, unlike all the other outbreaks that happened in Africa. I don’t understand how we could possibly need that many monkeys imported here in the first place.  Also, i dont understand why Nancy and Jerry Jaax are assigned to this case considering all the the family issues they have been having. I think thier personal problems would interfere with their ability to get the job done. It really scares me how fast these viruses spread and when they figured out Ebola Zaire was airborne! I think Nancy and Gene should have published these findings; Gene’s inability to write well is a horrible excuse not to. I found the electron microscope and the ways they tested for viruses very interesting. I thought it was weird how the related Ebola to some simle food such as spaghetti and cheerios. You would think it would be more complex than that. Another thing I don’t get is why Geisbert and Jahrling didn’t tell someone they smelled the virus just because they didn’t want to go to the slammer. I don’t think it’s right putting the human population at risk of contracting this virus when it could easily be avoided. Overall part two was pretty good, can’t wait to find out what happens in part three!

Sorry this post is late, i was on vacation all week and just got back today!

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