Eugene ("Gene") Johnson: Was the doctor of Peter Cardinal who died after contracting the Marburg virus. He also led the first exhibition to Kitum Cave to search for the virus. Civilian Army scientist; expert in Ebola and its sister, Marburg. Gene Johnson is a large man, not to say massive, with a broad, heavy face and loose-flying disheveled brown hair and bushy brown beard and a gut that hangs over his belt, and glaring, deep eyes. If Gene Johnson were to put on a black leather jacker, he could pass for a roadie with Grateful Dead. He does not look at all like a man who works for the Army. He has a reputation for being a top-notch field epidemiologist (a person who studies viral diseases in the wild), but for some reason he does not often get around to publishing his work. That explains his somewhat mysterious reputation. He is a rather shy man, somewhat suspicious of people, deeply suspicious of viruses, I think I have never met someone who is more afraid of viruses than Gene Johnson, and what makes his fear impressive is the fact that it is a deep intellectual respect, rooted in knowledge. He spent years traveling across central Africa in search of the reservoirs of Ebola and Marburg viruses. He had virtually ransacked Africa looking for these life forms, but despite his searches he had never found them in their natural hiding places. He was six foot two, maybe two hundred and fifty pounds. His eyes were brown.
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