'The Hot Zone': Sneak Peek at Nat Geo's Gripping Story of Ebola (PHOTOS)

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Dr. Nancy Jaax (Julianna Margulies) working in her pathology lab

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The entrance to Fort Derrick.

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Wade Carter (Liam Cunningham), an Ebola expert

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Wade Carter (Liam Cunningham), an Ebola expert, listens as he hears Dr. Nancy Jaxx leaving a message on his answering machine

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Julianna Margulies as Dr. Nancy Jaax

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The pathology lab

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Dr. Nancy Jaax (Julianna Margulies) works with a pipette in the pathology lab

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Dr. Peter Jahrling (Topher Grace), a civilian virologist, in the USAMRIID lab

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Wade Carter (Liam Cunningham) at the Reston Monkey Facility

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Dr. Peter Jahrling (Topher Grace), a civilian virologist looks through the microscope eyepiece with Dr. Nancy Jaax (Julianna Margulies) and Ben Gellis (Paul James)

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Dr. Nancy Jaax (Julianna Margulies) is put in an isolated cell after her suit ripped and monkey blood got into a cut. Her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Jaax (Noah Emmerich), is trying to figure out how she could have gone in with a cut

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The Hot Zone is a dramatic, high-stakes scientific thriller inspired by true events, and presented by National Geographic Channel as a three night, limited series event beginning Monday, May 27.

Golden Globe and Emmy award winner Julianna Margulies stars as Dr. Nancy Jaax, a heroic U.S. Army scientist who put her life on the line to prevent an outbreak of Ebola, a highly infectious and deadly virus from the central African rainforest. The story is based on the eponymous international best-seller by Richard Preston.


When this killer suddenly appeared in monkeys in a scientific research lab in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. in 1989, there was no known cure. Dr. Nancy Jaax, working with a secret military specialized team, is forced to make a choice between her family and her duty to her country in order to head off the outbreak before it spreads to the human population.

The Hot Zone, Series Premiere, Monday, May 27, 9/8c, National Geographic Channel

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Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek at the actress as Lt. Col. Nancy Jaax in the new Nat Geo thriller.