Monday, March 31, 2014

The Hot Zone - Day Five (Part 2)

Please respond to the questions in your notes.  Thanks to Chloe' for the catch that I skipped posting Part 2 on the blog. The following are questions for Part 2 of The Hot Zone.

How many monkeys are imported into the United States each year? For what purposes does this happen?
What did he find out during the autopsy?

Into Level 3
Why did Dalgard decide to contact USAMRIID? Do you think this poses a risk to his company?
What characterizes the safety conditions in a Level 3 facility?
“A freezer can be hot as hell.” What does the author mean in this case?

Why was it a mistake for Geisbert and Jahrling to smell the flask?
The author switches from prepping for the EM to a description of Tom’s upcoming hunting trip and then to a description of the incubation period for the virus. Why does he employ this technique?

List three hypotheses about how the virus had apparently jumped from room F to room H.

“The incredible thing about living systems is that no matter how small the view, it is just as complicated as ever.” What does the author mean by this? Describe some of the complexity at the cellular or molecular level.
How did Thomas Geisbert determine that the cells under his microscope were a form of Ebola?
What were some of the possible modes of infection?
The author likens the image to the face of Medusa. Find a picture or image of Medusa, describe why the author uses this analogy and how it fits.

The First Angel
How do some patients respond to life in the Slammer? How would you react to being in a solitary confinement with a possible fatal exposure to some pathogen?
Peter thinks Marburg is not easy to catch. Dan thinks it could be airborne. What evidence do you have to this point? Make a list.
Review the 3 strains from the 3 patients, in a table like this:



Chain of Command
How would you answer Gen. Russell’s questions about evidence for the virus being airborne?  Summarize Col. Nancy Jaax’s arguments. Did she miss anything?
What is a thread virus?
What are three ways to eliminate a virus? Which are or are not applicable at this point?
What are the pros and cons of considering Army involvement? What would some of the different considerations and agencies be after 9/11?

Garbage Bags
They are all worried about the news media getting hold of the information. What do you do here? Keep it a secret, try to get out in front of the story, or let it all out at once? Debate or write a series of pros and cons for the decisions here. Write a potential press release to cover this situation. 

Space Walk
Describe the steps to take prior to going into a Level 4 zone.
How does the author characterize the states of order and disorder in life and death terms? Why are viruses an exception to this rule?

(choose two questions to answer from this section in Drive)

Why is Kitum Cave so important to the story? How was the monkey house like Kitum Cave?

(Choose two questions to answer from this section)


Anonymous said...

I like this section, because it feels more like a story than a recitation of facts.

Anonymous said...

This is the part of the book that i finished in around an hour because it was such a good part. The rest of the book was slower than this part.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Jacob. I also think it is more interesting because there are less details and more dealings with the level 4 viruses.

Anonymous said...

oops. the comment above was written by -John

Anonymous said...

I agree with Jacob. This part, like i said, was the best because of it being almost like a story and not so slow.