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The result is an entertaining if overwrought thriller that has plenty of carnage and some genetic detective work. The novel's starring virus is dubbed Slatewiper presumably for its ability to wipe out entire populations. Once reactivated, however, the virus takes over a cell and makes more copies of itself until the cell bursts in an impressive splash of blood. And that's not the only splash on these pages. Throughout the novel, supporting characters fall right and left, dying ghastly deaths.

Graphic violence, crass sexuality and sometimes a combination of both give this thriller the sheen of a hyperactive videogame.

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The novel opens with a gruesome scene in Tokyo, Japan, where a mysterious epidemic is sending Koreans to the hospitals. The descriptions are not for the weak of stomach, nor for readers who value subtlety. The second chapter whisks readers to Washington, D.

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A series of sinister events leaves Blackwood unemployed and locked out of her lab, where she had developed treatments for diseases associated with specific ethnic groups. Suspicious that her research has been appropriated for no good, she turns her attention to the mysterious Tokyo outbreak. While these DNA sequences are not directly linked to racial traits, they are common among groups of people that have lived together and intermarried for many generations.

Blackwood's biggest fear is soon staring her in the face. Following a trail of clues to Tokyo, she discovers that a corporate mogul, Tokutaro Kurata, is trying to restore racial purity to the Japanese people by wiping out the local Koreans.

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Kurata has cooked up a virus with the help of an international network of scientists and stolen research. He uses genetic sequences to activate only in Koreans the dormant virus found in every person's genome. The theme of racial strife becomes heavy-handed as Blackwood learns more about Kurata's past as a kamikaze pilot in World War II. The Japanese characters on these pages are one-dimensional vessels of nationalism and xenophobia.

Only one sympathetic Japanese protagonist exists, and he was conspicuously educated in California. And why is man still at such mortal peril from microbes when medical skills have reached unparalleled heights? When the centrifuge tube shattered, the Yale researcher washed down the area with disinfectant and thought no more of it.

He didn't report the incident, as required, and when he developed a fever several days later he at first ascribed it to malaria. In the end no harm was done, but the virus eluded all the sophisticated barriers, filters and procedures that were meant to insure it could be studied safety. There's Lyme disease and Legionnaires disease, toxic shock syndrome and Hantavirus. There's a chilling variation of the common gut bacterium E.

H7, that has acquired the ability to hemorrhage the bowel and kidney and kill its weaker victims.

And, of course, there is AIDS. The strange new diseases erupting on American soil are thought to be mostly ancient organisms that lacked the opportunity to attack until people blundered into their habitat. The AIDS viruses have been confined for millennia to African monkeys or isolated human groups until civilization's encroachment on the forest let them expand their range. Various events then combined to launch AIDS as a global plague. Two particularly susceptible groups, a number of highly promiscuous gay men and abusers of intravenous drugs, were portals for its entry into the United States.

The Sabia virus, which got loose in New Haven, and its grim cousins the Marburg [No one can explain how this virus is transmitted - it's too dangerous to investigate. Researchers in Marburg, Germany, died from the disease after working with African Green monkeys, but the source is still unknown.

The symptoms begin with a sore throat, high fever, headache, diarrhea, chest pains, and skin rash. Small white blisters cover the body, and a brain hemorrhage that can send its victims into a psychotic rage before they eventually die] Ebola [In doctors tried to explain why hundreds of people became "ghostlike" and resembled "zombies" before dying of the Ebola virus in Zaire. Victims complain of headache and fever before hemorrhaging starts throughout the body. Reports of blood spurting out all orifices - eyes, mouth, anus, tears in the skin - sent U.

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Lassa goes for the organs and causes violent vomiting, coma, and eventually death. Five thousand people in western Africa died of it in , and in Nigeria people are so afraid of this highly contagious virus that those who have the symptoms are not admitted into hospitals]. These viruses are ax murderers among microbes but too vicious for their own good; they kill their victims too quickly for efficient spread and have as yet acquired no animal host in the United States.

People are infected when they breath in virus particles that are shed in rat droppings and blown into the air.

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Hantavirus signaled its presence in this country with a violent outbreak among the Navajo [Dine] and others. Of 88 people known to have been infected, more than half have died. The virus, present in a mouses's urine and droppings, can be inhaled when the excretions are dry. Initial symptoms can be confused with the flu high fever, chills, aches , but then the virus attacks the kidneys and causes internal bleeding. Last year a new strain of hantaan, which targets the lungs, afflicted the Dine In an experiment fraught with peril, the dangerous microbes of long-isolated ecologies are being stirred into the main pool.

The Indians of North and South America were utterly unprepared for the diseases unleashed on them by the Europeans. Now it's modern Americans' turn to confront novel pathogens, rashly disturbed from their ancient recesses in tropical forests. It is a perfect parasite because it transforms virtually every part of the body into a digested slime of virus particles.

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The seven mysterious proteins that, assembled together, make up the Ebola-virus particle, work as a relentless machine, a molecular shark, and they consume the body the body as the virus makes copies of itself. Small blood clots begin to appear in the bloodstream, and the blood thickens and slows, and the clots begin to stick to the walls of blood vessels. This is known as pavementing, because the clots fit together in a mosaic. The mosaic thickens and throws more clot, and the clots drift through the bloodstream into the small capillaries, where they get stuck.

This shuts off the blood supply to various parts of the body, causing dead spots to appear in the brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, intestine, testicles, breast tissue of men as well as women , and all through the skin. The skin develops red spots, called petechiae, which are hemorraghes under the skin.

Ebola attacks connective tissue with particular ferocity; it multiplies in collagen, the chief constituent protein of the tissue that holds the organs together. The seven Ebola proteins somehow chew up the body's structural proteins. In this way, collagen in the body turns to mush, and the underlayers of the skin die and liquefy. The skin bubbles up into a sea of tiny white blisters mixed with red spots known as maculopapular rash. This rash has been likened to tapioca pudding.

Spontaneous rips appear in the skin, and hemorrhagic blood pours from the rips. The red spots on the skin grow and spread and merge to become huge, spontaneous bruises, and the skin goes soft and pulpy, and can tear off if it is touched with any kind of pressure. Your mouth bleeds, and you bleed around your teeth, and you may have hemorrhages from the salivary glands-literally every opening in the body bleeds, no matter how small.

The surface of the tongue turns brilliant red and then sloughs off, and is swallowed or spat out. It is said to be extraordinarily painful to lose the surface of one's tongue. The tongue's skin may be torn off during rushes of the black vomit. The back of the throat and the lining of the windpipe may also slough off, and the dead tissue slides down the windpipe into the lungs or is coughed up with sputum.

Your heart bleeds into itself; the heart muscle softens and has hemorrhages into its chambers, and the blood squeezes out of the heart muscle as the heart beats, and it floods the chest cavity. The brain becomes clogged with dead blood cells, a condition known as sludging the brain.


Ebola attacks the lining of the eyeball, and the eyeballs may fill up with blood: Droplets of blood stand out on the eyelids: The blood runs from your eyes down our cheeks and refuses to coagulate. You may have a hemispherical stroke, in which one whole side of the body is paralyzed, which is invariably fatal in a case of Ebola. Even while the body's internal organs are becoming plugged with coagulated blood, the blood that streams out of the body cannot clot; it resembles whey being squeezed out of curds.

The blood has been stripped of its clotting factors.