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filovirus mutations?

bhjelle at unm.edu bhjelle at unm.edu
Fri Oct 6 11:18:52 EST 1995

In article <HUZIL-0410952147330001 at slip115.upanet.uleth.ca>,
John Torin Huzil <HUZIL at upanet.uleth.ca> wrote:
>I would like some help with a question from my medical anthropology class
>about the movie Outbreak?
>   According to the U.S. Army and C.D.C. experts in the film, the
>filovirus mutates to an airborne form in the host monkey between the time
>that Jimbo is infected and the petshop owner is infected.  A rhesus monkey
>in the petshop is infected with the original virus.  What is wrong with
>this scenario?

Uh, lessee... that it is *fiction*?

>an anti-serum for the disease.  Is that assumption supported by the known
>cases of simian herpes or trypanosomiasis?  Which would be the better
>analogy and why?


>   In addition I have a problem with part of her question.  If the virus
>mutated to an airborne form in the monkey then why didn't it infect the
>little girl at the end?  I think the question is wrong.  Can anyone help?
>                                 Thanks.  Please e-mail me any replies

Well, that would be because it wasn't written
into the script. Is this a joke?

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