‘The Hot Zone’ gives a scary new meaning to the word viral

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‘The Hot Zone’ gives a scary new meaning to the word viral

Six-part drama is inspired by real events when the Ebola virus broke out in Kenya and the US

Kevin Kriedemann

National Geographic’s The Hot Zone stars Golden Globe winner Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) opposite Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones). The miniseries is based on the best-selling non-fiction thriller of the same name by Richard Preston about an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the US in 1989.

An invisible, real-life monster with a 90% kill rate, Ebola is enough to scare even the master of horror himself, Stephen King, who said the book was “one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life”. 

The six-part drama is inspired by real events. Every day, US Army pathologist Col Jerry Jaax (Margulies) donned layers of protective gear to enter the Biosafety Level 4 lab at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. In 1989 she tested a sample from a research laboratory in  Virginia, and quickly feared they were dealing with one of the deadliest viruses known...

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