The Hot Zone, the Ebola and Marnurg Viruses

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The Ebola and Marburg viruses are extremely lethal viruses that have placed repugnant thoughts on the

minds of many people that have any background knowledge on this field of viral infections. Where does it

come from? Where does it hide? What could it do to me? As these questions burn holes in the minds of

many people, something should be done to learn more about these horrendous viruses. People sometimes

become scared stiff from the thought of the bone-chilling effects from these viruses, and had good reason

to. "Ebola, the slate wiper, did things to people that you did not want to think about. The organism was

too frightening to handle even for those who were comfortable and adept in space suits." (paperback

pg.63-64 - Project Ebola).

A large, shy man by the name of Gene Johnson was the first pioneer to venture out to find the

roots of the Ebola and Marburg viruses.

Gene spent many years in Central Africa looking for these

viruses. After digging up virtually every piece of land in Central Africa, Gene Johnson wound up without

a single case or report of a virus. A man by the name of Charles Monet and a young boy referred to in this

book as Peter Cardinal both contracted the same level 4 hot virus. There is only one connection between

Charles and Peter. "The paths of Charles Monet and Peter Cardinal had crossed at only one place on earth,

and that was inside Kitum Cave." (pg. 140 - Cardinal). Kitum Cave is where the virus is expected to be

living or where the history of the Ebola virus lays. So Kitum Cave is where the search for the deadly virus

begins. Led by Gene Johnson, the team members on the Kitum Cave expedition...