Chief of the Special Pathogens Branch of the CDC, McCormick has a great deal of personal enmity towards C. J. Peters, and believes that the CDC, not USAMRIID (a branch of the army), should take control of the Reston Primate Quarantine Unit after Ebola is discovered there. When Ebola ravaged Sudan in 1979, McCormick was on the scene and worked tirelessly both to research the disease and aid his dying patients. After sticking himself with a contaminated needle, he believed that he, too, would soon die of Ebola, and decided to spend his last days helping the sick. He did not fall ill, however, because the needle was actually contaminated with malaria, not Ebola. As a result, he does not believe that Ebola can be easily transmitted.
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Joseph B. McCormick appears in The Hot Zone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 11: Shoot-Out
...Murphy, and the chief of the Special Pathogens Branch of the C.D.C., Dr. Joseph B. McCormick. Brilliant, charming, and hot-tempered, Joe McCormick has actually treated human cases of Ebola. He also... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13: Reconaissance
...some lab employees who have been working with the tissues of the sick monkeys. Joe McCormick arrives as well. The mostly female employees are terrified of their potential exposure, especially because... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2: A Man Down
...Fairfax Hospital rather than the Slammer. Getting off the phone with Dalgard, Peters calls Joe McCormick to try to persuade him to turn Frantig over to the Institute. McCormick, however, refuses,... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 2: Camp