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Crisis in the Red Zone
Crisis in the Red Zone: The Story of the Deadliest Ebola Outbreak in History, and of the Outbreaks to Come | Richard Preston
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The 2013-2014 Ebola epidemic was the deadliest ever--but the outbreaks continue. Now comes a gripping account of the doctors and scientists fighting to protect us, an urgent wake-up call about the future of emerging viruses--from the #1 bestselling author of The Hot Zone, soon to be a National Geographic original miniseries. In the taut and suspenseful Crisis in the Red Zone, Preston chronicles the recent Ebola epidemic of 2013-2014--the worst outbreak of hemorrhagic fever in history, where we saw for the first time the specter of Ebola jumping continents, crossing the ocean, and killing people in America. Rich in characters and conflict--physical, emotional, and ethical--Crisis in the Red Zone is a total immersion into one of the great medical calamities of our time. Preston writes of doctors and nurses in the field putting their own lives on the line, government bureaucrats and NGO administrators moving, often fitfully, to try to contain the outbreak, and of the pharmaceutical companies racing to develop drugs to combat the virus. Preston also explores the charged ethical dilemma over who should and did receive the rare experimental doses when they became available. Crisis in the Red Zone makes clear that the outbreak of 2013-2014 did not mark the end of a disease cycle, but rather is a harbinger of further, more severe outbreaks, and of emerging viruses heretofore unimagined--in any country, on any continent. Now, in our ever more interconnected world, with roads and towns cut deep into the jungles of Africa, viruses both familiar and undiscovered are being unleashed into more densely populated areas than ever before. This time, Ebola's first victim was a two-year-old child who likely contracted the virus by consuming bush meat, and whose entire family quickly fell ill and died. The ensuing global drama activated health professionals in the United States, Europe, and Africa in a desperate race against time to contain the viral wildfire. With the virosphere more deadly than ever, Crisis in the Red Zone is an exquisitely timely book, both intimately chronicling the largest Ebola outbreak in history, and warning of viral outbreaks to come.
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Jeannineth
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I loved The Hot Zone by Richard Preston so I thought I would continue the Ebola saga. Anyone read this?

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Amiable
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COMPLETED for #NFNov. A pick for the interesting information within, but with some reservations for the writing style. It meanders a bit, and a significant portion seems recycled from the author‘s earlier works. Plus he constantly sets up cliffhangers that don‘t go anywhere.
#TIL: An antibody-based drug cocktail has been developed that cures nearly 90% of Ebola cases. And a vaccine was recently developed as well.

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Clwojick 9 pt. 1w
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Amiable
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Trying to sneak some #NFNov reading at my desk. Hey, I work in a hospital, so learning about Ebola counts as work, right? (True story: My initial job interview here in 2014 had to be rescheduled because a patient arrived in the ER with Ebola-like symptoms and the hospital went into lockdown.)

#TIL: I read that malaria and Ebola share similar symptoms: high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, red eyes, bleeding from the intestines.
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Clwojick Definitely counts as work! 4pt. 1w
Kaila-ann That looks like my work desk 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 and reading about medical issues should totally count 😜. 1w
batsy Definitely work-related! 1w
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Amiable
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#TIL for #NFNov: Reading this description of how the next Level 4 emerging virus will evolve reminds me exactly of the plot of the 2011 movie “Contagion.” Remember that one? Where a woman traveling in Hong Kong on business is in a restaurant with a chef who didn‘t wash his hands after handing pork products from a pig that had been infected by a bat, and she becomes Patient Zero to a disease that wipes out 30% of the world?
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

HufflepuffGirl90 I loved that movie! 2w
Amiable @HufflepuffGirl90 I know! It was horrifying but you couldn‘t look away! 2w
Clwojick 4pt 1w
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Amiable
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#TIL for #NFNov: So today I learned that there are 6 different kinds of Ebola. Not one. I always thought Ebola was Ebola, but apparently there are different strains that have varying levels of fatality rates.

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Clwojick HMmmm. 🤔 I didn't realize that either. 2w
Aimeesue Yikes. 2w
Clwojick 4pt 1w
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Amiable
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How do you ensure that nobody will sit near you on a train? Bring a book about Ebola with you to read and you‘ll have all the seats to yourself. 👍🏼

@rsteve388 @Clwojick
#NFNov

Avanders 🤭😆 2w
AmyG Hahahaha. 2w
Amiable @AmyG @avanders It also works with books about serial killer! I may or may not know that from personal experience as well. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Minimalgrl 😂😂😂 2w
Clwojick 😂 😂 😂 1pt 1w
Avanders Lol good hints! 😆😆 1w
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Amiable
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#TIL for #NFNov: This is one of the most frightening things I‘ve ever read. The fact that these horrific hemorrhagic viruses are expanding their geographic range should alarm every single one of us as the world gets smaller and it‘s possible to travel great distances in relatively short periods of time.

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Addison_Reads I just finished The Hot Zone by this author and quickly put this one on hold at my library. The subject matter terrifies me, but it's so well written and informative. 2w
IvoryLunatic I wanna say I won this on goodreads? That‘s terrifying. 2w
Amiable @Addison_Reads I read “The Hot Zone” years ago and thought there should be an update. This is it. It‘s even scarier, I think. 2w
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Amiable @IvoryLunatic It really is! 2w
Chrissyreadit I agree. 2w
Crazeedi Yep 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
IvoryLunatic I did read The Hot Zone a couple of years ago. I didn‘t realize it was by the same author. 2w
CoffeeCatsBooks Oh, I love books like this. I thought Hot Zone was very interesting. 2w
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Amiable
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Sitting in the doctor‘s office waiting for my appointment. Probably shouldn‘t be reading a book about Ebola while I‘m waiting —I flinch every time another person coughs or sneezes. 😖😷

#TIL: Today I read that one of the symptoms of Ebola is hiccups. HICCUPS! That‘s one of the ways doctors can tell the difference between Ebola and Lassa fever. 🥺

#NFNov
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Rissa1 I brought this with me on my vacation. I hope I get to it. 2w
Bookwormjillk Hiccups 😳 2w
Amiable @Rissa1 Don't read it while you're eating! I made that mistake already. 😩 2w
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Amiable @Bookwormjillk I know, right?? 2w
ljuliel Have the other patients slid down a few seats away ? Maybe they think you have it 😂 2w
Clwojick @ljuliel 😂😂😂😂😂 2w
Amiable @ljuliel As long as they stay far away from me, I'm totally OK with that! 😃 2w
ljuliel Maybe you oughta hold onto that book and open it every time you‘re at the Dr ! 😂 2w
Amiable @ljuliel LOL ... when I was reading a book about serial killers, I made sure to hold and display it quite prominently so nobody else would sit next to me on the train! 😁 2w
rsteve388 Stacked and 4 pts 2w
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Amiable
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When real world collides with your book world: I literally just an hour ago read about Dr. Muyembe‘s efforts to discover what was killing villagers in the Congo and then this appeared in my newsfeed from NPR: a story about how Dr. Muyembe discovered Ebola.

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/11/04/774863495/this-congolese-do...

#TIL for #NFNov
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love it when things like that happen. 2w
rsteve388 4pts , 2w
Amiable @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @barbarathebibliophage I know! It's like the universe is approving of my reading choices. LOL (edited) 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Amiable I know exactly what you mean, that‘s it exactly. 2w
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Amiable
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#TIL for #NFNov: I am not a scientist. At all. So this explanation of virus amplification may be simple to some of you, but I find it fascinating that with all of the many advances made in science and medicine we still have no idea where and how viruses originated.

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Aimeesue We don't even really know where DIRT came from! 😄 True story. 2w
rsteve388 4 pts 2w
Crazeedi Yep, viruses are an unknown bit of creation, maybe to remind us we will never understand everything 2w
Amiable @Aimeesue @crazeedi True that! Good point. 😃 (edited) 2w
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Amiable
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I‘m such a geek —I love maps! I should have been a cartographer. Is that still an option as a major in college?
#NFNov

@rsteve388 @Clwojick

Butterfinger My 8 year old could spend all day looking at maps. 2w
MaGoose Cartography is certainly interesting. I enjoy perusing maps, too. I would think the field has changed significantly since Magellan and others sailed out to map the world. And even since Lewis and Clark trekked the American West. Nowadays, there's probably a lot of analysis of satellite data involved. 2w
Amiable @MaGoose Yes, it's probably very technical now! I'm not sure how well I could do with that. 2w
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Caterina I met someone in Rome whose specialty was the history of maps, and he gave a lecture at my program on the history of maps of Rome, and particularly that one really famous one by Nolli. Maybe you could do that! 😂👍 2w
Amiable @Caterina That actually sounds awesome! 😀 2w
rsteve388 I am a cartographer for the USGS it's a great career but is as some have suggested very technical. 2w
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Amiable @rsteve388 How very cool! What did you major in? Is it a computer-type degree, or similar to engineering? I‘m too old to go back to college but I find it fascinating. (edited) 2w
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Amiable
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Next up for #NFNov is this follow up to “The Hot Zone.” What will I learn about Ebola? 😳
@rsteve388 @Clwojick

LauraJ It was recently announced that a vaccine has been made to protect people from Ebola! 2w
Amiable @LauraJ I did see that in The New York Times! 2w
rsteve388 1 pt 2w
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Amiable
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Just picked up this new one — the latest installment in what my husband calls my “Disease of the Month Book Club.” I admit it. I have a fascination with these kinds of books. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Rissa1 This is on it's way to my house should be here next week. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 “Disease of the Month.” 4mo
ReadingOver50 Love these books too 4mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I love me a good pandemic story. 4mo
Amiable @Rissa1 @readingover50 @barbarathebibliophage I'm so happy to find fellow fans of this genre! :) 4mo
Amiable @Rissa1 @readingover50 @barbarathebibliophage I'm so happy to find fellow fans of this genre! :) 4mo
Amiable @MicheleinPhilly Seriously, it's like an obsession. I've read books about Ebola, yellow fever, polio, malaria, influenza, HIV, cholera, MRSA, radiation poisoning, anthrax ... I mean, I do work at a hospital, but I'm not a clinical person so I don't really know why I'm so enthralled by pandemics. I think my husband is sleeping with one eye open about now. ;) 4mo
Rissa1 I blame my obsession on my mom. She introduced me to Outbreak when I was around 10. I read it so many times the book fell apart. If you like podcasts I recommend This Podcast Will Kill You. 4mo
Amiable @Rissa1 It's weird -- I don't really like fictional books about pandemics (with the exception of “Station Eleven“-- I enjoyed that one). I want my biological and epidemiological horror straight up with nonfiction and facts! I don't know what that says about me, really. Probably not good things. 😬 4mo
Rissa1 @Amiable I really don't either. I think because Outbreak was my introduction it has stick with me. I think for me, since I enjoy Thriller/horror categories, that truth is far more frightening than fiction. 4mo
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JPeterson
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Woo! Guess who got the ARC of Richard Preston‘s upcoming book?!? 😄

I‘m not excited. You‘re excited. 😆

Thanks, #NetGalley!

BookDragonNotWorm I always lose sleep after reading his books! So much scarier than any fiction book! 5mo
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