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Viral Disease
A discussion of viruses based on Wolfgang Petersen's film "Outbreak" and a Sudan Tribune article on the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever.
# 124429 | 750 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper considers the film "Outbreak" and an article on the outbreak of Rift Valley Fever, defining a number of terms related to viruses and explaining what the reservoirs and vectors are in each case. It ends with an explanation of why although the film seems realistic, the scenario is not terribly plausible.

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"In the film "Outbreak" and the article in the Sudan Tribune "Sudan loses billion after Rift Valley disease cases", the issue of viral disease is addressed. Several terms are relevant to this discussion-host, parasite, virus, reservoir, vector and Ebola virus. A virus has no reproductive capacity of its own so it uses a living cell-the host-for reproducing and expressing its genes. In this sense, the virus is a parasite on the host, as a parasite is something that lives in with or on another..."

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