Meet the real-life couple behind 'The Hot Zone'

The new Nat Geo series focuses on Dr. Nancy Jaxx and her husband, Jerry, who risked everything to keep ebola from spreading across the U.S.
2:35 | 05/27/19

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gio. To the real life couple who put themselves in the hot zone. It's the title of a new national geographic miniseries about the discovery of the ebola virus and how they tried to keep it from spreading. Linsey Davis is here with more. Good morning. Good morning, Tom. A lot of people dismiss ebola as an Africa problem but the two real life scientists this is based on will tell you this is a global problem that people need to be paying attention to right now. Number four air lock. This is where the real world meets the hot zone. Reporter: It's the true story of two scientists who risked everything to keep a deadly virus, ebola, from spreading across the U.S. After the disease first showed up on American soil in 1989. A virus like you're suggesting appears out of nowhere on U.S. Soil? There's a first time for everything. Reporter: The series "The hot zone" focuses on Dr. Nancy jacks, an infectious disease expert portrayed by Julianna Margulies and her husband Jerry. I need to get back in there. Reporter: Nancy was charged with identifying the virus and containing it after it showed up at a primate research facility outside Washington D.C. Now this morning, the real life heros behind the thrilling, terrifying tale are speaking out. It is only going to get worse. It's something we have to be concerned about forever. Reporter: The series premieres as a new outbreak of the deadly virus is tearing through eastern Congo, recently killing more than 1,000 people. The virus does mutate and move around. It's not so easy to do containment when you're in conflict areas like they're dealing with now. Reporter: The virus so deadly it kills 90% of people exposed to it. The series shows the incredible teamwork that kept this country safe back in 1989. The jacks say the fight is far from over. Infectious disease is a very real problem. Aeths a global threat, not a local threat. It doesn't respect borders anywhere. Scientists describe this not as an if but when scenario. Multiple ebola candidates are now in various stages of development. "The hot zone" premieres tonight on nat geo. It looks like an incredible show. Yes. At one point there's a -- no, I'm not even going to tell you. You got to watch. It is fascinating and how close we were to potential disaster here. No spoilers there. No spoilers here either.

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