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Hospital staff runs to aid Charles Monet, and they are met in the ICU by Dr. Shem Musoke, a talented and personable young physician. Musoke arrives as Monet inhales his own blood and stops breathing entirely, immediately falling into a coma. Examining Monet’s eyes, Musoke notices that his pupils are dilated, which denotes brain damage. Although he does not even have gloves on, Musoke inserts a laryngoscope down Monet’s throat, his hands becoming covered by mucus, blood, and vomit. With his face only inches from Monet, he inserts the laryngoscope, at which point Monet vomits all over the doctor, covering his face and chest (as well as the gurney and floor) with blood. Musoke, still determined to help his patient, continues to insert the scope and watches as Monet begins to breathe again. As Musoke attempts to give his patient a blood transfusion, Monet’s veins fall apart at the touch of a needle, and blood runs down his arms. All the while, he continues to hemorrhage from his bowels. Within hours, still attended by Dr. Musoke, he dies.

Within this narrative, Dr. Shem Musoke is a figure of great courage and selflessness, immediately helping Monet and remaining unfazed despite the infected man’s horrific symptoms. Yet Musoke will soon also become a victim of the virus himself. He is brave and devoted to his duty as a doctor, but also incredibly vulnerable to the unknown disease. Musoke is the first of many doctors, researchers, and scientists within the book who put their lives at risk in order to combat Ebola. Blood, meanwhile, continues to be a major presence within the scene, a reminder of the persistence with which Ebola attempts to infect other hosts.

1. Where is Charles Monet originally from?

France.

2. Why do Charles Monet and his lady friend travel to Kitum Cave?

For New Year's.

3. Why do elephants travel into Kitum Cave?

To get salt.

4. What is the name of the doctor who treats Charles Monet?

Shem Musoke.

5. What is listed as Charles Monet's official cause of death?

Fulminating liver failure.

6. What are red eyes often a sign of?

Malaria.

7. Where does Dr. David Silverstein live?

Nairobi.

8. Where did the first identified victims of Marburg virus work?

In a factory that made vaccines.

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