Infectious Disease Presentation

Biology SBI 3U0
Ms. Bilic

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. Your presentation should be about 10 minutes long, and should cover the following areas:

I. 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?

II. 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?

III. 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.

IV. 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.

V. 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?

VI. 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?

Marking Scheme

Presentation (20 marks)

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. Do have some classs involvment.

Fact Sheet (30 marks)

You do NOT have to write this presentation up in the form of a paper, but instead a fact sheet must be handed in which includes the information you have gathered. Be sure to provide references for all sources of information that are not common knowledge, such as statistics.


A list of possible diseases to choose from:

AIDS, botulism, chronic fatigue syndrome, cholera, dengue haemorraghic fever, ebola, hantavirus, hepatisis B, Hong Kong flu, influenza, lyme disease, malaria, measles, plague, polio, salmonella, sexually transmitted diseases, streptococcus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever

The following list of links is an excellent starting point for your research.

Bacterial Diseases
Medical Journals Cholera
Medical Associations Ebola

Medical Journals, Newsletters and Magazines


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Medical Organisations and Associations

American Medical Association
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Home Page
World Health Organization (WHO)

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Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial Diseases
Bugs in the News!
Cells Alive
The Streptococcus

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Cholera Disease Informaton

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Ebola Page

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Hepatitis B Foundation

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Applewood Science Department
Lessons OnLine
Applewood Homepage

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