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For this presentation, you will work in small groups (3-4 people) to research the epidemiology of a particular infectious disease. You will then develop a presentation in which you communicate your research finding to your classmates. You presentation should be 10-15 minutes long, and should cover the following areas:

  1. Symptoms:
    • What are the presenting symptoms of this disease? Are any of these symptoms particularly characteristic of this disease?
    • Is this disease chronic or acute? lethal or non-lethal?

  2. Cause:
    • What is the infectious agent? Is this agent a virus or bacteria? Describe the agent in DETAIL. What is its classification? To what other organisms is it related? What is known about its structure?
    • How does the infectious agent interact with the body to produce the symptoms of the disease? What cells or tissues does it infect and how does it damage those cells or tissues?

  3. Transmission:
    • How is this disease transmitted from host to host? If there is a vector involved, describe the interaction between pathogen, host and vector in DETAIL.

  4. Epidemiology:
    • Where did this disease first emerge? Is it endemic to a particular area, or pandemic? Has it erupted in periodic epidemic outbreaks? If so, where and when? Describe the spread of this disease through a population or around the world, if applicable.
    • What human actions are related to the spread of this disease? Be specific.

  5. Treatment:
    • How is this disease treated? If a vaccine is available, describe the components of the vaccine and discuss its effectiveness. If antibiotics are used, discuss the effectiveness of this treatment. What problems currently exist with treatment strategies?

  6. Prognosis for the future:
    • How is this disease likely to affect us in the future? Will we be able to eradicate it, or will it continue to threaten humans? Why?

Your presentation should be a summary of current knowledge about the disease. You may include information not specifically listed above, if you find it relevant or interesting. You are encouraged to use visual aids that will enhance your presentation, such as overhead transparencies, diagrams, etc. Be sure to provide references for all sources of information that are not common knowledge, such as statistics.

You do NOT have to write this presentation up in the form of a paper, but I will collect all information you have gathered and you will be graded on the quality of your presentation as well as the thoroughness of your research. Therefore, your notes (or whatever form you put together) should be NEAT, WELL ORGANIZED AND PROPERLY DOCUMENTED.

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