Epidemiologists study the occurrence and transmission of human diseases on a global scale. This is no easy task since pathogens, or disease-causing organisms, are
everywhere. It is virtually impossible to avoid coming into contact with a potentially pathogenic microorganism in the modern world.
In this Assignment, you will practice some epidemiology. You will apply what you have learned about the structure and function of microorganisms as you explore a
pathogenic microbe and its impact on human health.
To complete the Assignment, choose one of the microbes assigned by your instructor. Include the following topics within your Discussion:
Provide background about the disease-causing microbe. Is it a virus, bacterium, etc.? What are the symptoms of the disease?
Describe the portal of entry and exit of the microbe. How does it enter the human body? How is the microbe spread through a population?
Discuss the pathogenesis of the disease (how the microbe actually causes the symptoms). Does it produce a toxin, or have other pathogenic properties?
Describe the impact of this microbe on human health. Why would this disease be of concern to epidemiologists? What is the prevalence of the disease in the human
Describe any treatments available for the disease. Include vaccinations and chemotherapeutic treatment options.
Basic Writing Expectations
At least 5 academic sources. These can include references provided within the project directions and the textbook. The Kaplan Library is also a great source for
academic references. Do not use sources such as Wikipedia or Ask.com. References should be credible and academic in nature.
Free of grammatical and spelling errors
No evidence of plagiarism
Use of APA style for body of paper, references and citations. Refer to the APA Quick Reference Guide.
Choose one (1) pathogen from the list below:
The full set of instructions is
found in Unit 7.
of bacteriology: http://www.textbookofbacteriology.net/Center
for Disease Control: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/National
Institutes of Health: http://www.nih.gov/Virus
Health Organization: http://www.who.int/en/Pubmed
(academic search engine) : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/Kaplan