A young, smart, and talented nurse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mayinga catches Ebola Zaire (the most deadly type of the virus) from a dying nun. Rather than immediately isolate herself, however, she attempts to hide her sickness because it may jeopardize her ability to travel to Europe on a scholarship. Her travel throughout the city at this time puts millions of people at risk of exposure, and she eventually dies in the very hospital where she once worked. After her death, her blood is shipped to USAMRIID for research, and later it nearly infects Nancy Jaax.
The timeline below shows where the character Mayinga N. appears in The Hot Zone. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 6: Total Immersion
Part 1, Chapter 7: Ebola River
...to Marburg. Next Sister E.R. fell ill and died, after being cared for by Nurse Mayinga. Soon after this, Mayinga developed a terrible headache, but remained in denial because she had... (full context)
...in Geneva. The place went on high alert, as its employees waited to see whether Mayinga had infected the population of Kinshasa. Countries began to consider blocking all flights from the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7: The Second Angel