The Hot Zone

The Hot Zone

What theories does Preston have of how Ebola got to Asia ?

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Perhaps Ebola came out of Africa and landed in Asia a few years back. Perhaps— this is only a guess— Ebola traveled to Asia inside wild African animals. There have been rumors that wealthy people in the Philippines who own private estates in the rain forest have been importing African animals illegally, releasing them into the Philippine jungle, and hunting them. If Ebola lives in African game animals— in leopards or lions or in Cape buffalo— it might have traveled to the Philippines that way. This is only a guess.

Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (p. 370). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.