I wrote a book, Virus X, which was published in 1997/7 in the UK and US. The first third of the book dealt with the struggle to recognise and then fight back against a true all-American emerging viral plague, the Sin Nombre hantavirus, which first broke out in the Four Corners region of South West America in 1993.
It was an extraordinary story and I was very privileged that very senior American colleagues, at CDC Special Pathogens Branch and in the Dept of Zoology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, did me the courtesy of allowing me to sit in, observe and interview them as they fought the epidemic in labs and in the full-to-bursting intensive care units.
What I learnt there changed my scientific perspective on viruses, which I had formerly worked with and researched. it also changed my writing life. It was the hantavirus experience that led to my defining concepts such as "viral symbiosis" and "aggressive symbiosis". These have now entered evolutionary biology and I have lectured widely on them, written two other books, Darwin's Blind Spot and Virolution, and many scientific papers about their extrapolation to evolutionary biology, to the evolution of the human genome, and to medicine.
I am sorry to hear the virus has come back -- but in a way I think this is probably inevitable, given the viruses' extensive distribution in nature.