When Richard Preston’s novel “The Hot Zone” was published in 1995, it was, for many, their first introduction to the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses.
Nearly two decades later, Ebola has infected hundreds of people in three countries across West Africa, in what is considered the worst outbreak in history. As fear over the deadly virus grows, here’s a reminder of what we learned so long ago from Preston:
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1. It Starts With Headaches
Sometimes, a headache is just a headache. Sometimes, as it plays out in Preston’s horrifying book, it’s more — and that’s what’s so scary.
The author describes patients who experience headaches and backaches that evolve into violent vomiting and bloody eyes, until their organs fail and they die from hemorrhaging.
One character, Charles Monet, who contracted the Ebola-like Marburg virus, “bled out” in the waiting room at a Nairobi hospital. Days earlier, he had taken aspirin in a failed attempt to soothe his throbbing temples.
PHOTO: The Hot Zone by Richard Preston.
2. An Airplane Ride Can Trigger An Epidemic
Preston points out in the book how the virus is always just a plane ride away from any city in the world. And that’s how it spread in the case of Charles Monet.
When doctors confused about his illness put him on a plane to Nairobi, they had no idea that he was spreading a virus.
The scene is hard for anyone who has read the novel to forget: Monet violently vomits red and black liquid, making the plane smell “like a slaughterhouse.” His facial skin hangs from the bone, his nose bleeds and his eyes are “the color of rubies.”
Terrified passengers were surrounded by his bodily fluids, which carried the virus. By the time he reaches the hospital, he’s all but gone.
3. It Kills You From the Inside
In the book, Monet’s autopsy reveals that his kidneys were destroyed and his liver had stopped working days earlier. His body resembled a days-old cadaver, even though he had just died.
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PHOTO: Medical personnel inside a clinic taking care of Ebola patients in Kenema, Sierra Leone, July 27, 2014.
4. Ebola Virus Was Found in Virginia in 1989
Part of Preston’s novel follows two veterinarians trying to find out what keeps killing monkeys housed in a primate center in Reston, Virginia. It turns out to be Ebola – the first time the virus has ever been in the United States.
5. The Virus Can Make You Psychotic
In Africa in the late 1970s, doctors noticed Ebola victims were experiencing signs of mental derangement before they died — psychosis, depersonalization, even “zombie-like behavior,” Preston wrote.
Some infected patients ran out of a hospital in Maridi, South Sudan naked and bleeding, trying to find their homes and seemingly unaware of what was happening.
THIS IS THE RED FLAG THAT DAVID ROCKEFELLER WAS QUOTED AS SAYING, “If we had ONE incident to scare the public the Nation would be ours.”
THINK ABOUT IT. Who is doing all the reporting on this story? MAIN STREAM MEDIA. When was the last Main Stream Media ever helped the American people out? In the book Marburg Ebola was created at Fort Dietrich Md. They have been working on a vaccine for 35 yrs or more. They probably have one but not for the American Public but for them. We really don’t know if there is an outbreak or not. Just what’s on the news. The movie OUTBREAK with Dustin Hoffman and Cuba Gooding it follows the same story line. We take the Vaccine We Are Dead.
This is the Red Flag that David Rockefeller wanted for us to drop our guard. If they really brought that Virus here and we had an Outbreak the Virus still could mutate making their Vaccine useless. They’re not that stupid. They have UN TROOPS in Alabama, Georgia, and in the south to try and get our guns and disarm us on the pretext everyone needs a Vaccination. Bill Gates Vaccines in India killed 35,000 people until the Government of India kicked him out. THIS IS A RED FLAG TO GET US VACCINATED WHICH WILL KILL US. Ask any doctor if the Virus could mutate once an Outbreak happened. The will tell you YES. The U.S. govt. is playing the last card they have to disarm America. I just got this information from the Internet 15 minutes because I read the book 10 yrs ago. They are trying to scare us. No Vaccine will guarantee you won’t get the Flu and it’s a virus. The last Flu shot I got was over 20 yrs ago and I’ve been working around sick people with TB, Pneumonia, Flu and everything under the sun. I swear on my dead mothers grave I have NEVER caught a cold or flu. I had Pneumonia MRSA in 2010 but that was due to an abdominal surgery where they had to drain stuff from my stomach and when they pulled the tube out I inhaled some of the stomach contents. PLEASE SPREAD THIS AND MAKE IT VIRAL OVER THE INTERNET. This is the Rothschild and the elite rich last card. We are to big a nation to declare martial law on and have it enforced since we are armed. PLEASE THINK ABOUT IT. 1. Main Stream Media. 2. Worst Virus Ever. 3. The Virus can mutate and they are dead too if it goes air borne. 4. The Hot Zone Page on Wiki Links will be pulled by the government if this Blog spreads Viral. I beg All America I’m not Lying. Just Critically think about it. If this doesn’t work for them they are dead in the water. Please do not give up your guns or take any vaccine I beg you.
Thank You and God Bless America.