In 1989, Jaax, along with her husband Jerry, led the battle against an outbreak of the Ebola virus among imported monkeys at a quarantine facility in Virginia. Jaax did autopsies on the animals' bodies in order to locate the cause of death, and in turn isolate the diffusion of the disease. The couple's work inspired Richard Preston's book "The Hot Zone," as well as the movie "Outbreak" with Dustin Hoffman.
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