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Olivia Welch

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Transcript of Ebola

Sources Used
MD-Health.com (Source A)
USAtoday.com (Source B)
Forbes.com (Source C)
Washintonpost.com (Source D)
NBCnews.com (Source E)
Businessinsider.com (Source F)
Olivia's Source
Joe's Source
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston is a non-fiction novel that depicts the hair-raising account of the emergence of Ebola, a deadly infectious disease with no vaccine or treatment. The novel in depth describes the events leading up to the emergence of Ebola as well as the events during and following the outbreaks.
Should Americans fear an outbreak of Ebola in the United States due to the possible exposure of American healthcare professionals caring for those infected?
What?: An infectious and generally
fatal disease that attacks its host's
immune system

When was it discovered?: 1976

Where was it discovered?: Africa

How is it spread?: Direct contact with
infected blood or bodily fluids

Symptoms?: Fever, severe headache,
muscle pain, weakness, fatigue,
diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain,
unexplained hemorrhaging

Logos Pathos Ethos
This article from nbcnews.com states that we have nothing to fear from Ebola as long as we don't live in a third world country.
It describes how Africa's outbreak is reaching horrific levels only because of the lack of resources. African nations don't have the materials they need to treat the victims and contain the disease.
Nobody seems to care about Africa's plight. This is worse than any risk of disease coming to us.

This source is credible because it comes from a news website and the author is the head of the Division of Medical Ethics for New York University. Overall, the source is credible and addresses the "we should not fear an outbrak" side of the prompt.
S- Richard Preston is a writer for The New Yorker and the author of the novel
O- The discovery of Ebola and what it could mean for the world
A- Regular citizens who have little to no knowledge of Ebola
P-To explain what Ebola is and what it does, and to tell past events of attempted Ebola containment
S- Ebola
Tone- very analytical and takes everything carefully and seriously
Rhetorical devices
"Where are the officers? Where was Colonel Jaax? Where was everybody?"
"Smoke from the the campfire curled into the air, which was filled with the
clink clank
"Ebola is rather a simple virus- as simple as a firestorm."
"She reached inside, caught the monkey, and rotated him."
" A nearby stream tumbled out of a glade."
"Good thing this isn't Marburg."
Olivia's Source
Zach's Source
This source is an image from an online health magazine that is written by doctors. The image traces the early symptoms of Ebola as well as the path it takes and the destruction it causes along the way. It gives its viewer a visual of just where and how Ebola attacks the body. This would be used to support the "Yes Americans should fear an outbreak" side of our prompt because of its descriptions of the harsh realities of the virus. Though many people are aware of the Ebola virus, most of them are not aware of just how brutal and deadly is it. Not only does this source touch on pathos, it also touches on logos because it states facts about the impact Ebola has on the body. This is a credible source due to it being a health magazine written by doctors.
The Washington Post poll falls under the category of why we should be worried about an Ebola outbreak in America. When asked if they are concerned about the idea of an Ebola outbreak in the United States, 65% of Americans stated that they were worried quite a bit. Whereas, 34% said that they are not worried at all about the virus spreading into the States. The Washington Post compared Ebola to other viruses such as H1N1, SARS, and The Bird Flu. This site was used because it shows reliable statistics about what people think about the virus and whether or not we should be afraid.

(Of Richard Preston)
Author of a myriad of books dealing with infections, disease, bio terrorism EC
Recipient of National Magazine Award
American Institute of Physics Award Recipient
Writer for
The New Yorker
Only person who is not a doctor to receive the CDC's Champion of prevention award for public health
Factual descriptions standard Bio hazard procedure
Detailed map of the area of Africa where Kitum Cave is located
The correlation between Ebola and other viruses such as the flu and AIDS
The descriptions of the different strains of Ebola and how they differ from each other
The medical terminology used throughout the novel

Describing people within the book to make us like them, then proceeding to watch them die horribly due to the virus
The euthanization of all the monkeys in the monkey house
Showing Nancy Jaax's sacrifice of having to pick between her father and her work
Detailed death of Charles Monet
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