Please insert your first graded discussion question here.
Case study: Over 30 children younger than 3 years of age developed gastroenteritis after visiting a local water park. These cases represented 44% of the park visitors in this age group on the day in question. Older individuals were not affected. The causative agent was determined to be a member of the bacterial genus Shigella. The disease resulted from oral transmission to the children.
Based only on the information given, can you classify this outbreak as an epidemic? Why or why not? If you were an epidemiologist, how would you go about determining which pools in the water park were contaminated?
Make the Diagnosis: Bacteria (graded)
This week’s readings encompass a wide variety of diseases associated with various organ systems. Using the information in your text (and any other resources you choose), give your patient one of these diseases from the organ system discussed this week, and present the history and symptoms to the class. Be creative! Be sure to offer enough information to make an educated guess, but try not to give it away too soon! Each student should present a case. Be sure to let those who respond to your case know whether they correctly diagnosed the patient. In some cases, you might offer new test results midweek if the class is stumped!
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