What was your impression of the reading?
I thought Part Three was very interesting in the sense that it gave the reader an idea of just how far the military will go to stifle an outbreak of this magnitude. Even the Jaaxes who were veterinarians knew that their responsibility was to the people of the Reston area and the rest of the United States and were forced to put countless monkeys to death. I can only imagine how difficult that must have been for them as veterinarians. However, I was relieved to find that the situation finally seemed under control. All the people involved went to great care to avoid any issues and even then mishaps still occurred. It scared me to think that after so many precautions had been taken, a small mistake like a rip in a suit that went unnoticed could have brought the whole operation tumbling down with disastrous consequences for the civilian population. Fortunately, these scenarios, including the monkey that got loose, were dealt with accordingly and the situation was brought under control.
What did you learn?
I was surprised to learn that it was such a hassle to keep this story away from the media. For example, everyone had to arrive in normal clothes and change in a van and windows and doors were constantly checked for news vans. I was shocked and saddened to learned that every last one of the monkeys was put down, even if some of them seemed to be perfectly healthy, to avoid taking any risks. I also learned that the monkeys themselves pose a threat! The monkeys become very agitated and aggressive in that environment and especially around space suits. The monkey that got loose really added to the suspense and horror of the story.
What questions do you still have?
I am still a bit confused as to how each different strain of the virus spreads. Also, why the virus had such devastating effects on the monkeys and little to no effects on the people who were exposed to it.