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Virus & Bacteria Reports

This activity is modified from an activity by:
Rod Johnson
Eau Claire North High School
2700 Mercury Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703


After completing this exercise, a student will be able to:
  1. Fully describe one disease including information regarding symptoms, prognosis, transmission and vaccines (if any.)
  2. Determine how vaccine programs can decrease the number of people infected by a particular disease.


Students should use a variety of resources including health care professionals, public, university or school libraries, hospital and university health education departments and/or the local department of public health. Following is a list of suggested diseases that students may choose to research:

  • Polio
  • Fever
  • Pneumonia
  • Botulism
  • Salmonella
  • Meningitis
  • Herpes I
  • Herpes II
  • Whooping Cough
  • Lyme Disease
  • Encephalitis
  • Pseudomonas
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Chicken Pox
  • Small Pox
  • Rubella
  • Yellow Fever
  • Scarlet
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid
  • Syphilis
  • Mumps
  • Bronchitis
  • Rabies
  • Mononucleosis
  • AIDS
  • Tetanus
  • Gonorrhea
  • Lupus
  • Anthrax
  • Diphtheria
  • Red Measles
  • Shingles

Student reports can be either oral or written. Both types of reports should include visual displays of information (graphs, charts, etc.) Reports should include the following information:

  1. Diagnosis: What is the name of the disease? What part or parts of the body are affected?

  2. Organism Causing Disease: What is causing the disease- a virus, bacteria, parasite or fungus? Give the genus and species or viral name.

  3. Symptoms: List the common initial signs of the disease. Do new symptoms develop as the disease progresses? What symptoms are characteristic of this disease? In other words, how is this disease distinguished from other, perhaps similar, diseases?

  4. Type of Transmission: How is the disease passed from person to person?

  5. Treatment: How is this disease treated? Be sure to consider all aspects of treatment including medication, rest, etc. Are you aware of any treatments which are not based inWestern medical tradition? Is there evidence for the effectiveness of these treatments? Why do you think that they may work?

  6. Is there a vaccine for the disease? If yes, what type of vaccine is it? What is the recommended schedule of vaccination for this disease? Are booster shots required? Does the vaccine produce any side effects?

  7. Prognosis: What is the chance of being cured if you contract this disease? If you are cured, can you get the disease again?

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