Preston uses a complex analogy on page 100. He compares the spread of Ebola in Sudan to a blazing quick-burning fire. He then compares the spread of AIDS to a slow-burning fire, like a fire that would occur in a coal mine.
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The effect of this comparison in light of the HIV scare brings the fear of Ebola to the forefront. Whereas, HIV moved slowly though specific means, Ebola Sudan would have spread unceasingly like fire, encompassing everything that stood in its path and beyond.