Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Hot Zone - Day Four

By now, many of you are using the GoogleDocs to gather the questions and should be finishing up Part 1.  Please comment on both Take Stock! situations and then respond to at least one other student's response.  Please have all comments completed by Saturday and responses by Sunday evening. This means you all need to have finished Part 1 by Saturday.  Monday, you will meet during class for discussion.



Ebola River
Where is the virus’ original spreading point? Who was the “index case”?
What is the fatality rate in Ebola Sudan strain (subtype) and how does it compare to the Marburg strain and to the bubonic plague in medieval Europe?
Take stock! What would happen if Ebola was let loose in a hospital? You would be safe, you’re in a hospital. Is this theory correct? Give five reasons why you feel safe or unsafe and one piece of evidence to support your position.
Define hot as it is used in this book.
Get a map of your region and make a quarantine plan. What roads, transportation routes, other measures do you have to close and why? Do you close going in, out, or both? (Complete this generally for the city of Lafayette.)
“The red chamber of the virus queen” is a metaphor to what other organism?

Cardinal
What is the distinction between parasites and predators?
Describe the shape of the virus particle called the 'shepherd's crook."
Take stock! What would you do in Nancy Jaax's situation?
Write a story about what might happen and the chaos that would go on if a student came to school with the Ebola virus. (You can do this activity as a group, if you'd like.)

Going Deep
What were the methods used to collect samples? Describe how light traps and pitfall traps work.
What is an antibody and how does this test confirm the presence or absence of a virus?
What does Pasteur’s quote “chance favors the prepared mind” mean? What were Pasteur’s contributions to our knowledge of bacteria and fungi?

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

You would not be safe if Ebola was loose in a hospital because:
It can be spread airborne
There can be bodily fluids on tables, chairs, etc.
They could have touched items in the hospital
The dead bodies are contagious
If the patient " goes down" the virus would try to find a new host
The 2000 outbreak of Ebola in Uganda started when two nurses got it in a hospital.
-- Logan

Anonymous said...

Being in a hospital that a virus is set loose in would be a horrible thing. It would spread easily through the sick.
-Mason

Anonymous said...

You would not be safe because:
-Ebola is airborne
-The nurse that is taking care of you could have Ebola
-dirty needles
-blood may be on walls or other objects
-when person dies and blood spreads everywhere
The outbreak in the Yambuku Mission Hospital
-Mary Nole :D

Anonymous said...

I think it would be unsafe to be in the hospital when there is Ebola.
It is airborne,
you can have contact with other people ,
and once there new body dies, it would look around trying to find a new host.
Another reason would be that items around the hospital would be contagious or covered in blood.
Last reason it would be unsafe is that the doctors and nurses go all around the hospital and spread it.
Evidence would be the break out in Guinea this year which states that it spread by contact. (Evidence for the second one.)
-Claire

Anonymous said...

Logan, I agree with you about how it is unsafe and the reasons why it would be, too.
-Claire

Anonymous said...

For Nancy's Situation, I would choose to go back to the Institute because it guarantees both her husband and her a job and her job would be more exciting because in the book, her husband talks about how the job she has is sort of boring and how exciting her other job was, even if it was scary. That why I would choose to stay.
-Claire

Anonymous said...


If Ebola was let loose in a hospital i think it would spread very quickly. It would spread quickly because of the fact that nurses don't tend to just one person at a time, they are all over the hospital. They also come in contact with other nurses that tend to people in other wings of the hospital so it travels all over.
I feel unsafe because:

1- there is no cure for Ebola

2- it can be spread airborne

3- anything in the hospital could be contaminated

4- even if the body is dead it can still be contagious

5- the bodily fluids might not have been disposed of and cleaned up correctly

-Chloe' LeBlanc

Anonymous said...

I would feel unsafe in a hospital with a virus going around. Just because you are in a hospital doesn't mean that you are safe.
1. The virus can be airborne.
2. The doctors tending patients can get it.
3. The doctors could spread it to other patients.
4. The doctors could spread it to other doctors.
5. No treatment for the disease.
The virus spread very quickly in the Yambuku Mission Hospital.
-Kyle

Anonymous said...

I would feel unsafe in a hospital with a virus going around. Just because you are in a hospital doesn't mean that you are safe.
1. The virus can be airborne.
2. The doctors tending patients can get it.
3. The doctors could spread it to other patients.
4. The doctors could spread it to other doctors.
5. No treatment for the disease.
The virus spread very quickly in the Yambuku Mission Hospital.
-Kyle

Anonymous said...

If a student came to school with a virus, if it was like Ebola, not everyone would know it is very bad. They would talk to the person and he/she would spread it everywhere. If everyone new about the virus, then there would be complete chaos with everyone running from that person. Someone has to get that student out of the building too.
-Kyle

Anonymous said...

If I were Nancy I would stay because if she did end up having Ebola, then she would be in a safer place than in a hospital.
- Chloe'

Anonymous said...

If I was Nancy I wouldn't stay because I would leave two children with no mother and leave behind many other important things.
--Logan

Anonymous said...

With what Logan said, the dead bodies still have viruses in them or on them. Someone has to carry the bodies out. -Kyle

Anonymous said...

If I were in Nancy Jaax's situation, I would not go back to work in the institute because I have children, a bunch of "pets" at home, and a husband. I'll just go and find a new job.

Anonymous said...

I think if Ebola broke out in a hospital, everyone would die. 1st You would be stuck in because of quarantine, 2nd Mostly everyone in the hospital has something wrong with them like sickness or injury, 3rd It is very contagious, 4th It could mutate and become deadlier, and 5th it is incurable. Like when Monet went to that hospital and puked in Musoke's mouth. -Nick

Anonymous said...

I agree with Logan
- Mason

Anonymous said...

If you were in a hospital with a deadly disease, then you would only be safe if you, in the case of an airborne disease, took precautions like gas masks and full suits to protect against it. If it was contact / liquid transmitted, then you have to make sure that EVERYTHING is cleaned, and your drinks safe (you must be completely sure).

Anonymous said...

With the virus being spread in a hospital, you would not be safe because the virus can spread and mutate through the air, so if you would breathe it in you would catch it.

-Haley

Anonymous said...

Yoou would only be safe from a disease in a hospital ....

--Jacob

Anonymous said...

You have thought of a lot of things, Mary, and I agree. -Jacob

Anonymous said...

I like how you mentioned the virus trying to find a new host Claire.
--Logan

Anonymous said...

Good point, Chloe
--Logan

Anonymous said...

Being in a contaminated hospital would be extremely dangerous and probably even lethal because Ebola can be transmitted through the air. there would also be many places that the infected people had touched. after a while most of the people in the hospital will have been infected and being in physical contact with anyone could be deadly