why diid he react so strongly
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Tom reacted strongly to his discovery because he and Pete had been handling the virus.... they'd inhaled it.
Pete and I smelled this stuff. Pete and I have been handling this stuff, and this is a Biosafety Level 4 agent. Marburg … oh, man … A foul feeling washed over him, a sudden awareness of male reproductive glands hanging on the exterior of the body between the legs … testicles the size of pears, black and putrid, the skin peeling off them.
Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus (pp. 193-194). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.