The Hot Zone Characters

Richard Preston
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Major Nancy Jaax

First introduced in the chapter entitled "A Woman and a Soldier," Major Nancy Jaax (who will become Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Jaax) seems to be a somewhat frazzled mother. She was a veterinarian in the Army, and her work at Fort Detrick in Maryland often took her away from her children. Consequently, she often made up batches of meals in advance so they could easily be thawed and reheated in the microwave. She and her husband, Jerry, met in college and both became veterinarians. They eventually entered the military together as members of the Army's Veterinary Corps. They lived in Maryland with their two children, Jason and Jaime, and various pets. Nancy's work took her away from her family in other respects, as well, and she missed saying goodbye to her dying father because she felt that leaving during the decontamination mission would be a "dereliction of...

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