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The first three chapters of Contagion set up Jack's present life, which we enter full-blown after he has suffered several tragic events that we learn about later.
We are introduced to Jack as a medical examiner who dislikes boring medical postmortem exams and prefers ones with surprises. Then we are introduced to a virulent and unknown infectious disease picked up during a dead man's hospital stay for diabetes.
Next we are taken to a hospital, with a different character, Suzanne, providing the point of view, to learn a bit about what happens in the AmeriCare hospitals.
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