From CGI member oldmaninthedesert:
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The completion of 'the Hot Zone' by Richard Preston. He finishes with the Reston monkey incidents. We find out that there was actually a second incident after the Army went in and handled the original incident.
A couple of things come to mind and an observation after reading this last part of the book. First the observation,if there has ever been a story to show the ineptness of the MSM, it was this one here right under their damn noses. Now I do not know about you,but if I had been the owner of a business that was importing monkey's into the country for research.And then one of the monkey's turned my world upside down, and made my building a hot mess,and a tomb of death.I would not be doing business with that supplier any longer.Of course none of those involved were me, and they chose the route of insanity(some say),after the Army cleaned up the building.They ordered monkey's from the same supplier,and surprise death returned....
One last thought on this nasty bug.Now this is just my opinion here,but it is based on something one of the researchers said about the 7 proteins in the bug. This researcher said that 4 of the proteins are TOTALLY UNKNOWN, now when you ponder that statement, just think about how much about lifeforms on this planet,that humans have come to know. These incidents at Reston leave a lot unanswered questions.My guess is that this is a bug either from antiquity or off planet....
...At midmorning, Jerry Jaax was working in Room C. He decided to take a break to rest and check up on his people. He left the room in charge of Sergeants Amen and Klages while he went out into the hallway.
Suddenly there was a commotion in Room C, and the monkeys in that room burst out in wild screeches. Jerry ran back to the room, where he found the sergeants outside the door, looking in, in a state of alarm.
"A MONKEY ESCAPED, SIR."
"AW, SHIT!" Jaax roared.
The animal had bolted past Sergeant Amen as he opened the cage, and the sergeants had immediately run out of the room and shut the door behind them.
A loose monkey – this was what Jerry had feared the most. They can leap long distances. He had been bitten by monkeys himself, and he knew what that felt like. Those teeth went in deep.
They looked into the room through the window in the door. The whole room had exploded in activity, monkeys whirling in their cages and shaking them violently, giving off high, excited whoops. There were about a hundred screaming monkeys in that room. But where was the loose monkey?
They couldn't see it.
They found a catching net, a pole with a baglike net at the end.
They opened the door and edged into the room.
The events that followed have a dreamlike quality in people's memories, and the memories are contradictory. Specialist Rhonda Williams has a clear memory that the monkey escaped from the room. She says she was sitting on a chair when it happened, that she heard a lot of shouting and suddenly the animal appeared and ran under her feet. She froze in terror, and then burst out laughing – nervous, near-hysterical laughter.
The animal was a small, determined male, and he was not going to let these people get near him with a net.
Jerry Jaax insists that the monkey never got out of the room. It is possible that the monkey ran under Specialist Williams's feet and then was chased back into the room again.
The loose monkey was very frightened and the soldiers were very frightened. He stayed in the room for a while, running back and forth across the cages. The other monkeys apparently grew angry at this and bit at the monkey's toes. The monkey's feet began to bleed, and pretty soon it had tracked blood all over the room. Jerry got on the radio and reported that a monkey was loose and bleeding. Gene Johnson told him to do whatever had to be done. How about shooting the monkey? Bring in a handgun, like an Army .45. Jerry didn't like that idea. Looking into the room, he noticed that the loose monkey was spending most of its time hiding behind the cages. If you tried to shoot the monkey, you'd be firing into the cages, and the bullet could hit a cage or a wall and might ricochet inside the room. Getting a gunshot wound in this building might be fatal. He decided that the safest procedure would be to go into the room and capture the monkey with the net. He took Sergeant Amen with him.
As they entered the room, they could not see the monkey. Jerry proceeded forward slowly, holding the net up, ready to swipe it at the monkey. But where was it? He could not see very well. His faceplate was covered with sweat, and the light was dim in the room. He might as well have been swimming underwater. He edged slowly forward, keeping his body away from the cages on either side, which were filled with hysterical, screaming, leaping, bar-rattling monkeys. The sound of monkeys raising hell was deafening. He was afraid of being bitten by a monkey if he came too close to a cage. So he stayed in the middle of the room as he went forward, while Sergeant Amen followed him, holding a syringe full of drugs on a pole.....
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