National Geographic to develop 6-part miniseries on Ebola

The National Geographic TV network is adapting The Hot Zone, a 1994 nonfiction book on the origins of the Ebola virus, into a six-part miniseries, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The series will focus on Dr. Nancy Jaax, an army scientist who works to contain Ebola after the virus is detected in a group of monkeys imported to a research center in Reston, Va., in 1989.  

Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife will play Dr. Jaax. She spoke with EW about her experience donning a 50-pound rubber hazmat suit for the role.

"My respect quadrupled for people who run the CDC, just by putting on the suit itself," she told the publication. "These people are our heroes. They put their lives on the line."

The Hot Zone will air in May 2019.

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