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Virus Ground Zero

Ed Regis

In a destitute hospital in the crowded African city of Kikwit, townspeople, nurses, and doctors are dying of a gruesome disease at the rate of more than a dozen a day. Zaire is on the brink of an explosive epidemic - but the outbreak is stopped when experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta arrive in the city, reclaim the hospital, and interrupt the chain of virus transmission. With remarkable speed, the CDC's virus detectives trace the outbreak back to its first human case, travel to the "viral ground zero" where the Ebola virus burst out of the jungle, and trap a vast collection of animals that potentially harbor the virus - including the rats overrunning their hotel rooms. It's all in a day's work for the CDC's disease cowboys, who risk their lives daily at the bottom of nature to confront the world's deadliest pathogens. Now acclaimed science writer Ed Regis takes us on a fascinating odyssey across the viral frontier, chronicling the CDC's extraordinary fifty-year history against the backdrop of the 1995 Ebola outbreak - and exploding the media-driven myth of "the coming plague." Starting from a small government agency founded for the purpose of eradicating malaria from the United States in the 1940s, the CDC has grown into a disease-fighting behemoth whose sphere of action is the entire planet. Virus Ground Zero shows how the CDC's viral shock troops have helped remove one deadly virus from the face of the earth, are scheduled to do the same with another by the year 2000, and have similar lethal plans for a whole range of other microbes.

In a destitute hospital in the crowded African city of Kikwit, townspeople, nurses, and doctors are dying of a gruesome disease at the rate of more than a dozen a day. Zaire is on the brink of an explosive epidemic - but the outbreak is stopped when experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta arrive in the city, reclaim the hospital, and interrupt the chain of virus transmission. With remarkable speed, the CDC's virus detectives trace the outbreak back to its first human case, travel to the "viral ground zero" where the Ebola virus burst out of the jungle, and trap a vast collection of animals that potentially harbor the virus - including the rats overrunning their hotel rooms. It's all in a day's work for the CDC's disease cowboys, who risk their lives daily at the bottom of nature to confront the world's deadliest pathogens. Now acclaimed science writer Ed Regis takes us on a fascinating odyssey across the viral frontier, chronicling the CDC's extraordinary fifty-year history against the backdrop of the 1995 Ebola outbreak - and exploding the media-driven myth of "the coming plague." Starting from a small government agency founded for the purpose of eradicating malaria from the United States in the 1940s, the CDC has grown into a disease-fighting behemoth whose sphere of action is the entire planet. Virus Ground Zero shows how the CDC's viral shock troops have helped remove one deadly virus from the face of the earth, are scheduled to do the same with another by the year 2000, and have similar lethal plans for a whole range of other microbes.
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In a destitute hospital in the crowded African city of Kikwit, townspeople, nurses, and doctors are dying of a gruesome disease at the rate of more than a dozen a day. Zaire is on the brink of an explosive epidemic - but the outbreak is stopped when experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta arrive in the city, reclaim the hospital, and interrupt the chain of virus transmission. With remarkable speed, the CDC's virus detectives trace the outbreak back to its first human case, travel to the "viral ground zero" where the Ebola virus burst out of the jungle, and trap a vast collection of animals that potentially harbor the virus - including the rats overrunning their hotel rooms. It's all in a day's work for the CDC's disease cowboys, who risk their lives daily at the bottom of nature to confront the world's deadliest pathogens. Now acclaimed science writer Ed Regis takes us on a fascinating odyssey across the viral frontier, chronicling the CDC's extraordinary fifty-year history against the backdrop of the 1995 Ebola outbreak - and exploding the media-driven myth of "the coming plague." Starting from a small government agency founded for the purpose of eradicating malaria from the United States in the 1940s, the CDC has grown into a disease-fighting behemoth whose sphere of action is the entire planet. Virus Ground Zero shows how the CDC's viral shock troops have helped remove one deadly virus from the face of the earth, are scheduled to do the same with another by the year 2000, and have similar lethal plans for a whole range of other microbes.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rob McQuay

Length:

7h 4m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:40


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:29


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:49


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:33


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:26


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:13


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:59


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:02


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:06


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:20


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:11


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:27


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:11


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:45


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:49


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:12