The Hot Zone Setting & Symbolism

Richard Preston
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Airborne

While some agents can be spread only through contact with body fluids, those that travel into the body through the lungs are considered airborne.

Biocontainment

Rather than letting a virus run its course, humans choose to contain it and eradicate it.

Filovirus

Viruses that, when viewed under an electron microscope, look like hairs or snakes. Ebola and Marburg are both filoviruses.

Fort Detrick

USAMRIID is located on the Fort Detrick Army base in Frederick, Maryland.

Hot Agent

These viruses could potentially be lethal. They are handled very carefully in controlled environments.

Hot Zone

Specific parts of the laboratories at USAMRIID are self-contained and are used for working with lethal and infectious agents.

Kitum Cave

The cave reoccurs as a setting of the story. First, Charles Monet travels to the cave. Later it is discovered that a young boy who developed Marburg also visited the cave. During the...

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