For Immediate Release
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March 8, 2001
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The Hot Zone Heroes 
Couple Credited with Containing 1989 Ebola Outbreak Come to IU Northwest

Two of the world's leading specialists in "hot" (extremely infectious) viruses and high-hazard biological research, will be at Indiana University Northwest on March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium. Colonel Nancy and Colonel Jerry Jaxx of the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAAMRIID) will speak on their extensive research with hazardous organisms and their crucial role in the containment of the 1989 Ebola outbreak in the United States.

As described in the best-selling book, The Hot Zone, the Jaxx's displayed heroic efforts in suppressing a "real-life outbreak" of Ebola, a highly contagious hemorrhagic fever virus that kills by massive internal hemorrhage, and is capable of jumping from one species to another. Jerry Jaxx led the team of Army soldiers who infiltrated the hot zone in Reston, Va., when the lethal virus broke out among recently imported monkeys, and Nancy Jaxx conducted emergency autopsies on the monkeys to determine cause of death. The couple currently serves at the USAMRIID where Jerry Jaxx is the Chief of Veterinary Medicine, and Nancy Jaxx is Chief of Pathology.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest Student Activity Board, the event is open to the community free of charge. For more information contact the Office of Student Life at 219-980-6944.

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