The Hot Zone premieres


The series follows a team of 1980s scientists who discover a new mutation of the Ebola virus in a lab just 20 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.

In 1989 the outbreak of what would become known as Ebola Reston was first discovered in monkeys in a DC-area facility and misdiagnosed as Simian Hemorrhagic Fever.

Ebola Zaire, the strain that devastated African villages in 1979, was still fairly new and considered extremely rare. But thanks to the suspicions of Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Jaax, the virus was stopped before the situation endangered millions.

The six-part biohazard thriller airs over three consecutive nights,

Watch it on National Geographic.