Another co-discoverer of the Ebola virus along with Dr. Frederick Murphy, Johnson was a virus hunter who ran the Special Pathogens Branch of the CDC. He also helped research and combat the virus when it appeared in Zaire and Sudan, heading up a team of doctors from the World Health Organization. He is a famous figure in the world of virus hunting, and has discovered some of the most dangerous diseases on the planet. Unlike many other researchers, he finds Ebola beautiful as well as terrifying, and even speculates that a virus wiping out most of the human race might not be an altogether negative thing.
Dr. Karl Johnson Quotes in The Hot Zone
The The Hot Zone quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Karl Johnson or refer to Dr. Karl Johnson. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Anchor Books edition of The Hot Zone published in 1999.).
Part 1, Chapter 7 Quotes
Mr. Preston: Unless you include the feeling generated by gazing into the eyes of a waving confrontational cobra, “fascination” is not what I feel about Ebola. How about shit scared?
Dr. Karl Johnson Character Timeline in The Hot Zone
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Karl Johnson appears in The Hot Zone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 7: Ebola River
...this effort is called the Special Pathogens Branch, and in 1976, it was run by Dr. Karl M. Johnson , a virus hunter who had spent many years researching in Central and South America.... (full context)
...thirty-seven people who had encountered Mayinga while she was infected, and quarantined all of them. Karl Johnson , meanwhile, had heard nothing from the doctors in Bumba, and assumed that they were... (full context)