The Hot Zone

Author: Richard Preston
Publisher:
ISBN: 143950315X
Release Date: 2008-06-26
Genre: Health & Fitness

Describes how a strain of lethal virus showed up in 1989 at a Virginia laboratory, and relates the efforts of a military biohazard SWAT team to identify and contain the virus

The Hot Zone

Author: Richard Preston
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0679430946
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Science

Describes how a strain of a lethal, infectious, previously unknown virus showed up in 1989 at a Virginia laboratory and the efforts of a military biohazard SWAT team to identify and prevent the spread of the virus

The Hot Zone

Author: Richard Preston
Publisher: Corgi
ISBN: 0552171646
Release Date: 2014-08-21
Genre: Ebola virus disease

In March 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported. By October 2014, it had become the largest and deadliest occurrence of the disease. Over 4,500 people have died. Almost 10,000 cases have been reported, across Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and the United States. Impossible to ignore, The Hot Zone is the terrifying, true-life account of when this highly infectious virus spread from the rainforests of Africa to the suburbs of Washington, D.C in 1989. A secret SWAT team of soldiers and scientists were quickly tasked with halting the outbreak. And they did. But now, that very same virus is back. And we could be just one wrong move away from a pandemic.

No Time to Lose A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

Author: Peter Piot
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393063165
Release Date: 2012-05-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A microbiologist describes his adventure-filled career, discussing his time spent in Central Africa in the 1970s identifying the Ebola virus and his work there again in the 1980s as part of the area's first international AIDS efforts. 20,000 first printing.

The Demon in the Freezer

Author: Richard Preston
Publisher: Fawcett Books
ISBN: 9780345466631
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Science

Now in paperback--the timely and terrifying investigation into the dark underworld of biological weapons from the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Hot Zone."

Ebola The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus

Author: David Quammen
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393351569
Release Date: 2014-10-20
Genre: Science

“A frightening and fascinating masterpiece of science reporting that reads like a detective story.” —Walter Isaacson In 1976 a deadly virus emerged from the Congo forest. As swiftly as it came, it disappeared, leaving no trace. Over the four decades since, Ebola has emerged sporadically, each time to devastating effect. It can kill up to 90 percent of its victims. In between these outbreaks, it is untraceable, hiding deep in the jungle. The search is on to find Ebola’s elusive host animal. And until we find it, Ebola will continue to strike. Acclaimed science writer and explorer David Quammen first came near the virus while he was traveling in the jungles of Gabon, accompanied by local men whose village had been devastated by a recent outbreak. Here he tells the story of Ebola—its past, present, and its unknowable future. Extracted from Spillover by David Quammen, updated and with additional material.

The Cobra Event

Author: Richard Preston
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345498135
Release Date: 2007-04-10
Genre: Fiction

The Cobra Event is set in motion one spring morning in New York City, when a seventeen-year-old student wakes up feeling vaguely ill. Hours later she is having violent seizures, blood is pouring out of her nose, and she has begun a hideous process of self-cannibalization. Soon, other gruesome deaths of a similar nature have been discovered, and the Centers for Disease Control sends a forensic pathologist to investigate. What she finds precipitates a federal crisis. The details of this story are fictional, but they are based on a scrupulously thorough inquiry into the history of biological weapons and their use by civilian and military terrorists. Richard Preston's sources include members of the FBI and the United States military, public health officials, intelligence officers in foreign governments, and scientists who have been involved in the testing of strategic bioweapons. The accounts of what they have seen and what they expect to happen are chilling. The Cobra Event is a dramatic, heart-stopping account of a very real threat, told with the skill and authority that made Preston's The Hot Zone an internationally acclaimed bestseller. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Lab 257

Author: Michael C. Carroll
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061842894
Release Date: 2009-10-13
Genre: Science

Strictly off limits to the public, Plum Island is home to virginal beaches, cliffs, forests, ponds -- and the deadliest germs that have ever roamed the planet. Lab 257 blows the lid off the stunning true nature and checkered history of Plum Island. It shows that the seemingly bucolic island in the shadow of New York City is a ticking biological time bomb that none of us can safely ignore. Based on declassified government documents, in-depth interviews, and access to Plum Island itself, this is an eye-opening, suspenseful account of a federal government germ laboratory gone terribly wrong. For the first time, Lab 257 takes you deep inside this secret world and presents startling revelations on virus outbreaks, biological meltdowns, infected workers, the periodic flushing of contaminated raw sewage into area waters, and the insidious connections between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly West Nile virus. The book also probes what's in store for Plum Island's new owner, the Department of Homeland Security, in this age of bioterrorism. Lab 257 is a call to action for those concerned with protecting present and future generations from preventable biological catastrophes.

Spillover Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Author: David Quammen
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393066807
Release Date: 2012-10-01
Genre: Medical

Examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called “spillover” where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic. 70,000 first printing.

Biohazard

Author: Ken Alibek
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780385334969
Release Date: 1999
Genre: History

The disturbing story of the Soviet biological warfare program is told by the man who ran it, with details of the biowarfare programs in Cuba and India and information on the anthrax outbreak in Sverdlovsk. Reprint.

Microbe

Author: Alan P. Zelicoff
Publisher: Amacom Books
ISBN: 0814428835
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Bioterrorism

Whether a virus is unintentionally released via our modern transportation system, or deliberately by terrorists, even a small scale biological event could have a profound effect on our society. Yet our current public health system is completely unprepared to detect and respond quickly enough to avert a disease related crisis.

Germs

Author: Judith Miller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439128152
Release Date: 2012-02-01
Genre: History

In the wake of the anthrax letters following the attacks on the World Trade Center, Americans have begun to grapple with two difficult truths: that there is no terrorist threat more horrifying -- and less understood -- than germ warfare, and that it would take very little to mount a devastating attack on American soil. In Germs, three veteran reporters draw on top sources inside and outside the U.S. government to lay bare Washington's secret strategies for combating this deadly threat. Featuring an inside look at how germ warfare has been waged throughout history and what form its future might take (and in whose hands), Germs reads like a gripping detective story told by fascinating key figures: American and Soviet medical specialists who once made germ weapons but now fight their spread, FBI agents who track Islamic radicals, the Iraqis who built Saddam Hussein's secret arsenal, spies who travel the world collecting lethal microbes, and scientists who see ominous developments on the horizon. With clear scientific explanations and harrowing insights, Germs is a masterfully written -- and timely -- work of investigative journalism.

Outbreak

Author: Robin Cook
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101203484
Release Date: 1988-02-01
Genre: Fiction

Murder and intrigue reach epidemic proportions when a devastating plague sweeps the country. Dr. Marissa Blumenthal of the Atlanta Centers for Disease Control investigates--and soon uncovers the medical world's deadliest secret...

When Germs Travel

Author: Howard Markel
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307493071
Release Date: 2009-01-21
Genre: Medical

The struggle against deadly microbes is endless. Diseases that have plagued human beings since ancient times still exist, new maladies like SARS make their way into the headlines, we are faced with vaccine shortages, and the threat of germ warfare has reemerged as a worldwide threat. In this riveting account, medical historian Howard Markel takes an eye-opening look at the fragility of the American public health system. He tells the distinctive stories of six epidemics–tuberculosis, bubonic plague, trachoma, typhus, cholera, and AIDS–to show how how our chief defense against diseases from other countries has been to attempt to deny entry to carriers. He explains why this approach never worked, and makes clear that it is useless in today’s world of bustling international travel and porous borders. Illuminating our foolhardy attempts at isolation and showing that globalization renders us all potential inhabitants of the so-called Hot Zone, Markel makes a compelling case for a globally funded public health program that could stop the spread of epidemics and safeguard the health of everyone on the planet. From the Trade Paperback edition.

R sum with Monsters

Author: William Browning Spencer
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486493251
Release Date: 2014-02-19
Genre: Fiction

An imaginative update on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, this wicked satire of corporate culture traces a would-be writer's struggles at dead-end jobs where monsters lurk behind every cubicle.