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The Hot Zone 

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Series cast summary:
Julianna Margulies ...  Dr. Nancy Jaax 6 episodes, 2019
Noah Emmerich ...  Lt. Col. Jerry Jaax 6 episodes, 2019
Topher Grace ...  Dr. Peter Jahrling 6 episodes, 2019
Liam Cunningham ...  Wade Carter 6 episodes, 2019
Paul James ...  Ben Gellis 6 episodes, 2019
Lenny Platt ...  Capt. Kyle Orman 6 episodes, 2019
James D'Arcy ...  Trevor Rhodes 5 episodes, 2019
Robert Wisdom ...  Col. Vernon Tucker 5 episodes, 2019
Nick Searcy ...  Frank Mays 5 episodes, 2019
Mark Kelly ...  Bruce Domanski 5 episodes, 2019
Aiden Glenn ...  Jason Jaax 5 episodes, 2019
Robert Sean Leonard ...  Walter Humboldt 4 episodes, 2019
Grace Gummer ...  Melinda Danport 4 episodes, 2019
Anna Pniowsky ...  Jaime Jaax 4 episodes, 2019
Jonathan Shatzky ...  Gordy Vance 4 episodes, 2019
Bobby Moreno ...  Ash 3 episodes, 2019
Rosemary Dunsmore ...  Nancy's Aunt 3 episodes, 2019
Chuck Shamata ...  Nancy's Father 3 episodes, 2019
Lisa Truong ...  Sarah 3 episodes, 2019
Libby Osler ...  Reese 3 episodes, 2019
Mike Taylor ...  Wichita 3 episodes, 2019
Milton Barnes ...  Sergeant Ericson 3 episodes, 2019
Sochi Fried ...  Janice 3 episodes, 2019
Lauren Collins ...  Rebecca 2 episodes, 2019
Rob Stewart ...  General Dwyer 2 episodes, 2019
Clark Backo ...  Liz Gellis 2 episodes, 2019
Jair Sprott ...  Ben's Young Son #1 2 episodes, 2019
Tessa Danielle Tessa Danielle ...  Sister Monica 2 episodes, 2019
Jalon Gregory Jalon Gregory ...  Ben's Young Son #2 2 episodes, 2019
Hallea Jones ...  Anita 2 episodes, 2019
Tammy Isbell ...  Doris Domanski 2 episodes, 2019
Sylvaine Strike Sylvaine Strike ...  Sister Elise 2 episodes, 2019
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In 1989, the Ebola virus appears in chimpanzees in a research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and there is no known cure; a U.S. Army scientist puts her life on the line to head off an outbreak before it spreads to the human population.

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In 1989, Ebola Landed on U.S. Soil. They Risked Everything to Contain It.


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Release Date:

27 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hot Zone See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Ebola is a Hemorrhagic fever, in which a person would bleed out of every orifice of the body. It is named after the Ebola River in Zaire, where the virus was first detected. A milder case of Hemorrhagic fever is Lassa fever (not as lethal). See more »


Col. Jaax's uniform flag would have been faced the other way pre-2003 when this takes place. See more »

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The banality of the an office park
30 May 2019 | by krburdittSee all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've read Preston's book the Hot Zone but I remember being scared sleepless by his book. More so when I realized that I frequently visited the office park where the Hazelton Lab was located, just a couple years before the event took place. The mini series makes the lab out to be a cavernous old 30's era industrial building. It was actually a one story office park building from the early 70's. There was a central parking lot surrounded on 4 sides by a variety of small businesses renting space in the office park , including the printing company I visited on a regular basis. It's the banality of the office park setting that chilled me when I read the book and it scares me still. It was not a fenced off derelict building, people came and went right outside the front door of the lab every single day. When they cleaned that lab out, they didn't seal off the whole area - they did it at night and on weekends. There were probably people working in some of those other buildings on late shifts. They got lucky they caught it in time. That virus is called Ebola-Reston. It could have been Reston - the town that Ebola killed.

That said - I thought the series caught the fear, claustrophobia and exhaustion of the HAZMAT Team. Also, how inter agency competition was making the problem worse not better. The kids playing next door are a tired trope, how about a Mom in a station wagon dropping off her PTA newsletter for printing? that probably really happened.

Read the book and be prepared to have some sleepless nights.

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