Questions 20 - 24

of The Hot Zone project

20. Jahrling and Geisbert whiffed the flask to see if they can smell anything, because sometimes the bacteria they grow causes a funky smell. That’s dangerous because anything in the flask could have traveled through the air and into their nose, causing them to be infected with whatever it is. They didn't know what the virus was or what was in the culture flask, so they probably should not have taken a whiff, even if it was to find out.

21. It’s important to observe all safety rules because something might happen. Even if you think that whatever could not happen, it still might. For example when it says to hold a sharp object away from yourself and others around you, one might think people would be smart enough to not stab someone with it. Not everything always goes as plan though, because somehow someone could get injured by the sharp object and things will go south.

In The Hot Zone, Dr. Musoke should have worn gloves when observing Monet. When Musoke stuck his finger in Monet's mouth full of infectious blood to see inside the mouth, Musoke should've worn gloves because then he would have been less exposed to the virus.

22. Reston may be hot but it may just be infectious only in monkeys. Whereas Zaire is capable to attack human cells. Some viruses are only able to live in certain species.

23. I would enter Kitum Cave with a space suit because anything could be in that cave. I wouldn’t want something like what happened to Charles Monet to happen to me. Nature is nice, but not when it infects you with diseases that your body can't fight off. Preston might have wanted to see the cave himself, and tried to think of possible ways Monet could have contracted the virus.

24. Emergence of viruses such as Ebola is not a threat to human safety in light of bioterrorism because Ebola is less dangerous than those biological agents that are intentionally released. Ebola infects those who come in contact with the fluids of an infected person, whereas those viruses, bacterias, or toxins can be transmitted through air, water, or food.