The Hidden Killers: Deadly Viruses
Military Uses


The movie, Outbreak, would be a super culmination of class work done on viruses. The movie uses terms that have been studied, in a "real" situation. The Center for Disease Control, in Atlanta and the work that it does become more comprehensible. The military uses of viruses are played out and are deathly "real". The movie is entertaining as it brings the concepts read and discussed in class into a possible real life scenario. The time is well worth spending on this movie.

Encourage answering the questions while viewing the movie. This helps students view in a more active and critical way than the general passive viewing to which they may be accustomed. This can be a very active viewing experience!

You may print the movie questions from here, or from the student virus section. This is a GED activity.

Print out directions and questions from the equivalent student page. The link to that page is at the bottom of this page.

Just before viewing this movie,

  • Go to .
  • Enter the site by clicking on the small, yellow "Enter" word at the bottom of the screen. Then, click on the major section, Virus Profiles.
  • Next, click on Marburg/Ebola.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • Click on "next page".

*Have the class look at the microscopic view of the Ebola cell.

*While viewing the movie, when the Motaba cell is shown, point out that it looks just like the Ebola cell viewed before the movie. Everyone is so smart when they observe this similiarity!


1995 - 128 minutes- Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Donald Sutherland, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Spacey

Questions to answer while viewing:

  1. What was the month and year of the opening situation?

  2. Who was with Billy?

  3. Where was this?

  4. How many levels of biosafety were there?

  5. Which biosafety level was the deadliest and name one virus found there?

  6. When Kernel Sam Daniels was sent to Africa, what country is he sent to?

  7. What sort of zone was this place labeled? _________ Why?

  8. What does incubation rate mean?

  9. What does a 100% mortality rate mean?

  10. What is a carrier, or host? What was the one here?

  11. Who was the native man who stayed in the cave all week? What was his explanation for the horrible thing that happened?

  12. What country did the ship come from that had the monkey trapped?

  13. What is the CDC and where is it?

  14. What does the CDC do?

  15. Where did Sam Daniels and his crew go to in Africa?

  16. What did General Billy Ford do with this new virus sample?

  17. What facility was the monkey first taken to? What city in California was that facility located?

  18. What did the monkey do to James/Jim in the car and why was this significant?

  19. Why did Rudy not want the monkey?

  20. What did Jim do with the monkey then?

  21. What town did Jim fly to?

  22. What happened to Henry in the lab and why was this significant?

  23. What was discovered to have had happened to the internal organs of one of the victims when a post mortem was done?

  24. How long did the incubation period seem to be?

  25. In what town and state did the movie theater episode take place?

  26. Who was the man that collapsed? How did he get sick?

  27. What did “clean sweep”, or convenient containment mean? (It was alluded to in the
    beginning of the movie.)

  28. Why would this be convenient?

  29. What happened in the hospital that made the problem worse?

  30. What was the knowledge gained about what they were dealing with?

  31. What did McClintock order for Daniels?

  32. Where was Daniels ordered to be?

  33. What was the significance of Ford saying, “You were never here” and Daniels' response that yes he was here?

  34. What do you think of the people who tried to run out of town in their trucks and shot at the helicopters? Were they right or wrong?

  35. Which strain of virus did the monkey that left in the pet shop have?


  36. What was the significance of the E1101 experimental Yale antiserum?

  37. Major Saul tested this antiserum on the pet shop monkey. What kind of monkey was it?________________________ (This type of monkey is often used in medical and psychological experiments.)

  38. What happened to Casey, in the lab, when he got sleepy? What was the significance of this?

  39. What was discussed at the White House? What would be your vote? Was this a complete discussion of the possibilities without Colonel Daniels being present?

  40. What happened to the pet shop monkey which had been given the experimental

  41. What happened to Robby when she tried to help Casey after he collapsed?

  42. What happened to the bodies of the victims in this town?

  43. What was McClintock trying to protect, besides himself?

  44. How many hours of flying time did Saul have? Is this considered a lot?

  45. What excuse did McClintock give for ordering Daniels shot?

  46. What building, in what town was the helpful Mrs. Paganeti located in?

  47. What was the name of the ship Daniels was looking for?

  48. Where was the host? What was the name of the place?

  49. What was the name of the host?

  50. What was the name of the news program Daniels took over?

  51. What was the greatest concern of the little girl?

  52. What was Daniels' response to this?

  53. Why was this host needed?

  54. What did Daniels say about following orders to the bomber pilots?

  55. What does incinerate mean?

  56. How did Ford tell Daniels what could be done to stop the Clean Sweep?

  57. What did the bomber pilot say might have happened to explain where the
    bomb hit? Possible___________________________________?

  58. What did Ford say McClintock was arrested for?

  59. What is a pandemic?


  1. July, 1967
  2. McClintock
  3. Motaba River Valley, Zaire
  4. four levels
  5. #4 Ebola
  6. Zaire
  7. They call it a hot zone because they think the problem is hemorrhagic fevor, which would be extremely contagious.
  8. Incubation rate tells how much time is needed for a virus to produce symptoms once inside a person.
  9. Everyone who gets this will die. No one will survive. 100% death.
  10. The infected being/life that is originally infected with the virus. Monkey.
  11. JuJu Man, a witch doctor. He thinks the Gods are angry for all of tree cutting and this is punishment.
  12. Korea
  13. Center for Disease Control - Atlanta
  14. Watches for patterns which would indicate an outbreak of a contagious disease, food poisoning, unusual diseases, all unusual health related events.
  15. Motaba.
  16. He compares the new sample with the 1967 Motaba sample.
  17. San Jose; Biotest Animal Holding Facility.
  18. The monkey spit on him.
  19. The monkey was female and he wanted a male.
  20. Jim let the monkey out in the forest.
  21. Boston.
  22. Henry was accidentally cut and blood samples were splashed on him. He became infected with the Motaba virus.
  23. Liquify.
  24. 24 hours.
  25. Cedar Creek, CA.
  26. Henry.
  27. Fire bombing will kill everyone and everything. The sick will die and the virus will also be killed.
  28. This is an easy way to contain a virulent virus. It is quick, clean, easy, and possibly less expensive than more humane methods.
  29. They discovered the virus was airborne and able to infect other hospital patients through the air. They had thought it transmitted only by touch or fluids mixing. This changed everything.
  30. They were dealing with two viruses, not one.
  31. Daniels' arrest.
  32. New Mexico.
  33. Ford was trying to get Daniels to continue the military cover up game. Daniels was replying that he wouldn't play that game.
  34. Opinion
  35. The original Motaba virus.
  36. This was the serum that was already available. It could have saved all the people who died. It was created so the Motaba virus could be a weapon. We would have the antidote to save our people or use as a bargaining tool with the enemy.
  37. Rhesus.
  38. He tears his protective suit and becomes infected.
  39. Operation Clean Sweep
  40. It got better!
  41. Casey's blood got into hers becaus he convulsed and she accidentally jabbed herself with the syringe she was using on him, to help him. She was infected.
  42. The bodies were burned.
  43. He was trying to protect his biological weapon.
  44. 60 hours, which is not much flying time for fighter pilots.
  45. McClintock says Daniels is infected.
  46. San Francisco Federal Building.
  47. Tae Kuk Seattle.
  48. The host, is in the Palisades.
  49. Betsy.
  50. Northstate news; KAEF
  51. She is worried that Betsy should NOT be hurt.
  52. "If I hurt her, you can punch me in the nose."
  53. They need Betsy to make antibodies to the second virus.
  54. He says they shouldn't bomb this town just to folow orders.
  55. To burn to ashes.
  56. Ford tells Daniels if he gets in the bomber's way, they can't complete their mission.
  57. Wind shear.
  58. McClintock was arrested for withholding vital information from the President of the U.S.
  59. A pandemic is a disease prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world.

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