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WebQuests: Infectious and Non-infectious Disease
Disease
Causative
Organism
Symptoms
Treatment
Mode of
Transmission
Prevention
Unique Things
About Disease
Common
Cold
Currently, there
is no vaccine.
Antibiotics are
not given for
colds since
bacteria do not
cause them.
Influenza
(Flu)
Each year the
vaccine has to
be changed
since the strain
of virus
changes.
Strep
Throat
Can cause heart
problems if left
untreated.
Chickenpox
Can cause
severe birth
defects within
the first 20
weeks of
pregnancy.
Shingles can be
a later reaction
to chickenpox.
Mumps
Once
contracted, a
lifelong immunity
is acquired most
of the time. If an
adolescent
contracts
mumps, the
testicles or
ovaries can
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swell and
become
inflamed
resulting in
sterility.
Rubella
(Measles)
If a woman
contracts rubella
during
pregnancy, the
following
conditions can
occur in the
baby: growth
retardation,
mental
retardation,
malformations of
the heart,
deafness, as
well as liver and
spleen damage.
Aspirin should
not be used to
treat symptoms.
Aspirin can
cause condition
known as Reyes
syndrome and
can lead to liver
failure and
death.
Polio has been
eliminated in the
U.S. and is on
its way to being
eliminated
worldwide.
Mononucle
osis
Polio
(abortive)
Paralytic
type of
polio
Nonparalytic
type of
polio
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Common Infectious Diseases
Disease
Causative
Organism
Symptoms
Treatment
Mode of
Transmission
Prevention
Unique Things
About Disease
Athlete’s
Foot
With athlete's
foot, you literally
have a plant
living on your
skin.
Ringworm
Infection is not
actually a worm,
but has the
appearance of
one, which gave
it its name.
Tuberculosi
s
Once medication
was discovered
for TB, the
control efforts
were neglected
and TB
outbreaks
increased. The
U.S. is seeing a
decline in TB
cases.
Once symptoms
show up, rabies
is almost 100%
fatal. Death is
slow and painful.
Rabies
Smallpox
In recent years,
smallpox has
become
associated with
possible terrorist
attacks because
the population is
no longer given
vaccinations for
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smallpox.
Bird Flu
Experts believe
that if human
transmission
becomes
possible,
massive
fatalities could
occur.
Lyme
Disease
Disease has
spread since it
was first
diagnosed from
the East coast to
the West Coast.
Malaria
Malaria causes
more deaths
then any other
disease in the
world - one
million people
die each year.
West Nile
Virus
First case in
U.S. was 1999.
More common in
states in the
Midwest with
high humidity
and mosquito
population. The
virus has been
reported in 46
states.
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