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The Range of Disease Activity #31 Mrs. Hunter, Mr. Robertson and Mrs. Kozuch Introduction What is an epidemic? An epidemic occurs when a disease has the ability to spread quickly from person to person and occurs at the same time. What is a pandemic? If an epidemic covers a large area, such as an entire country, continent or the whole world, it is called a pandemic. An Example of a Pandemic The best known pandemic in history is often referred to as the plague or the Black Death. This disease was transmitted to humans by flea bites. It was so contagious that anyone who came in contact with an infected person could contract the disease. Task You are a newspaper reporter for the Tribune Review. A terrible outbreak of your infectious disease has been suspected. Your job is to use one of the web links provided and a print source (books or encyclopedias) to complete the Disease Research Report worksheet. Then, you must create a public health notice in the form of a cartoon to warn the people of Westmoreland County of the potential dangers. This notice will appear in Sunday’s Process In addition to a book source, use the websites listed to gather additional information. Websites 1. National Center for Infectious Diseases http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/ 2. Medicine Net http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/hp.aspedicine 3. Mayo Clinic http://www.mayoclinic.com 4. Kids Health http://www.kidshealth.org/ 5. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/ 6. eMedicine http://www.emedicine.com/ Cartoon Example from Textbook 1. I'm about six years old and I'm outside playing ball with a friend. All of a sudden I start to feel HOT! 2. A few hours later, I'm hotter. I'm itchy, and I have a headache. 4. She calls the doctor and explains my symptoms. 5. Doctor says— "NO SCHOOL until he scabs up! We don't want to give the chicken pox to others. Don't let him scratch either. Acetaminophen, oatmeal baths and calamine lotion might help him feel better." 3. Mom takes one look at me and finds spots: "I think you have the chicken pox," she says. 6. So I feel awful and I'm itchy, but I get to stay home from school and watch T.V. for almost a week! Scoring Guide: Communication Skills (CS) What to Look For: Response uses communication skills to present ideas in the following formats: • written (e.g., report): sentence structure, grammar, spelling • oral (e.g., presentation): enunciation, projection, and eye contact • visual (e.g., poster): balance of light, color, size of lettering, clarity of image • multimedia (e.g., computer slide show): effective use of available technology Level 4 Student accomplishes Level 3 and enhance communication in some Above and beyond significant way, such as: • using additional images or diagrams effectively • using additional formats of communication effectively Level 3 Student communicates ideas clearly with few or no technical errors. Complete and correct Level 2 Student may have several technical errors Almost there BUT they do not prevent the audience from understanding the message. Level 1 Student’s communication is unclear On your way OR many technical errors seriously distract the audience from understanding the message. Level 0 Student’s response is missing, illegible, or irrelevant. X Student had no opportunity to respond.