The Hot Zone

Alyssa Nilles- Pacleb, Questions 1-5

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Question 1: What was the origin of the Marburg virus?

The origin of the Marburg virus is from the monkeys in Uganda and the Ebola River.

Question 2: Are viruses living or non-living? Use characteristics of living things to justify your answer.

Viruses Living vs Non Living

  • Living things are made of cells.
  • Living things obtain and use energy.
  • Living things grow and develop.
  • Living things reproduce.
  • Living things respond to their environment.
  • Living things adapt to their environment.

These are the characteristics of a living organism. Viruses do not reproduce without the help of a host. This automatically characterizes a virus as non-living.

Question 3: How are viruses classified? What are the viruses written about in The Hot Zone? How are they classified?

- Order (-virales)being the highest currently recognised.

- then Family (-viridae)

  • - Subfamily (-virinae)
    • - Genus (-virus)
      • - Species ( eg: Ebola Zaire virus)

Ebola Zaire, Ebola Sudan, and Marburg are the viruses talked about in The Hot Zone.

Question 4: How are viruses named? Give some examples.


  1. Named after the disease they cause
  2. Named for the organisms they infect
  3. Named after the place where it was first found

Named after people Viruses are named by where they were founded. Marburg was discovered in Marburg, Germany. Ebola Zaire and Ebola Sudan were found in the Ebola River. The West Nile Virus was found West of the Nile River

Question 5: What was the origin of the Marburg virus?

The origin of the Marburg virus is from the monkeys in Uganda and the Ebola River.