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Johnson and Jaax were cutting into the monkey's skull to collect samples. If this answer applies to a different section than the one you're working on let me know. Knowing section or chapter numbers is helpful.
Ebola virus destroyed an animal's internal organs, and the
carcass deteriorated abruptly after death. It softened, and the tissue turned into jelly, even if you put it in a refrigerator to keep it cold. You wanted to dissect the animals quickly, before the spontaneous liquefaction began, because you can't dissect gumbo.
Richard Preston "The Hot Zone"