The Hot Zone

Based on what you know of the effects of Ebola and what you know of wartime injuries, do you think that this is a fair statement? Explain your answer.

In the scene when Charlotte is working on the dead monkeys, Preston writes, “She was doing a hot necropsy in Level 4, perhaps the most dangerous work in a space suit. This was a rocket ride, and it thrilled her. Her hands worked within a membrane thickness of a death worse than any death in combat” (326). Charlotte considers a death from Ebola “worse than any death in combat.”

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I could understand this. Bleeding from your internal organs which are swelling to twice their normal size would be a terrible way to die. I do not know about war-injuries but getting Ebola would be terrifying.