Publisher description for Virus hunter : thirty years of battling hot viruses around the world / C.J. Peters and Mark Olshaker.


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Counter The commander of the army virology unit that battled the Ebola virus in The Hot Zone--and the current Chief of Special Pathogens at the Centers for Disease Control--teams up with the bestselling coauthor of MindHunter to chronicle his extraordinary thirty-year career fighting deadly viruses.

From Central and South America to a deadly outbreak of a mystery virus in the American Southwest, from fieldwork in Egypt and the mountains of Kenya to immobilizing an army unit to stop a gut-wrenching outbreak of Ebola only miles from Washington, D.C., Virus Hunter takes us backstage in the inevitable clash between biology and human lives.

Because of new, emerging viruses, and the return of old, "vanquished" ones for which vaccines do not exist, there remains a very real danger of a new epidemic that could, without proper surveillance and early intervention, spread worldwide virtually overnight.  And the possibility of foreign countries or terrorist groups using deadly airborne viruses that are easily obtained rather than unwieldy explosives looms larger than ever in the future.

High-octane science writing at its most revealing and best, Virus Hunter is a thrilling first-person account of what it is like to be a warrior in the Hot Zone.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Peters, C, J, Epidemiologists United States Biography, Virologists United States Biography, Hemorrhagic fever Epidemiology