Patient Zero

Identifying Pathogens

Group Member Roles

You are a group of medical professionals that have come into contact with a patient that is suffering many symptoms due to a pathological infection. Your job is to research the symptoms and clues given along the way to determine the cause of infection. The group of four medical professionals you belong to are broken into the following roles:

Researcher Roles

1. Main Researcher – conducts computer research based on the needs of the group and completes the pathogen requirement (#1).

2. Publicist – creates a press release (#3) or conducts a press conference based on the group’s preference and will present this to the class.

3. Data Analyst/Entry – submits test strips to the attending doctor to request additional information for the group, creates the treatment log requirement (#2) and the comparison graph requirement (#4), gathers and organizes all information found by the team, and presents professional looking final products (according to the requirements) to the attending doctor.

4. Hospital Liaison – keeps team on track with deadlines, communicates patient's progress (during daily "rounds") with the attending doctor (Dr. Dodd), and completes the follow-up story requirement (#5).

5. Scientist - works alongside the Hospital Liaison in keeping team on track with deadlines, communicating patient's progress (during daily "rounds") with the attending doctor (Dr.Dodd), and completing the follow-up story requirement (#4).


Bradley Minnow

A USAir pilot suffering from headache; nausea; stiffness and numbness in his joints; severe stomach cramps; and a nose bleed.

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Caroline Embers

Caroline Embers, that is the soon-to-be Mrs. Caroline Embers, suffers from bright red rash, headache, chills, fever, increased fatigue, and numbness in her extremities.

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Ian Butler and Miranda Berry

Miranda Berry, and Ian Butler, sophomores at the University of North Carolina, suffer from a fever, nausea, and vomiting.

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Adam Suthri

Adam Suthri, a four-year-old boy suffers from complete lack of feeling in his lower extremities.

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Cassandra Tellorio

Twenty-year-old Cassandra Tellorio, Italy’s next top model, suffers from skin discoloration, and raised, thick, painful growths on her skin.

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Alyssa Abbott

Alyssa Abbott, twenty-nine year old graphic designer, suffers from a fever, chills, and body aches.

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Trace Hollis

Trace Hollis, outdoor adventurer, expedition leader, and fly-fishing extraordinaire, suffers from a fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches and a rash spreading up his arm.

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So what's to Blame

Project Requirements

1. Identify pathogen – Create a power point or prezie to present the material that will discuss the following:

a. What surfaces is this pathogen capable of living on?

b. How long does the pathogen live outside of the body? Inside of the body?

c. How does this pathogen get spread from person to person (or to other organisms)?

d. Does this pathogen use a specific vector (rat, tick, mosquito, soil, etc.) to aid in spreading the disease?

e. How can the spreading of this pathogen be prevented?

f. What percentage of people in the USA have been infected by this pathogen in the last ten years (2005 - 2015)?


2. Comparison – Create a bar chart (of your design) on an Infogram ( where you are to compare the intensity of your pathogen to that of other pathogens. Please rank all pathogens according to their level of intensity (example: 1 = least harmful to 5 = worst pathogen to be infected with. Of the five pathogens you choose, one should rank as #1, one as #2, one as #3, #4, and #5.)

The pathogens you will rank need to be:

a. TWO well-known pathogens (different from the pathogen infecting your Patient Zero)

b. TWO obscure (rare) pathogens (different from Patient Zero)

c. ONE pathogen that is affecting other countries aside from America (different from Patient Zero)

SITE YOUR SOURCES in a text box under your graph!!!!

**This graph will need to be uploaded into your group's iBook as a link to the site or as a screenshot picture.

3. Press Release – you will create this item to educate the surrounding communities about the break-out of your pathogen. This item should include:

a. What the problem is and where the problem started.

b. Signs/Symptoms of Patient Zero at start and current status of Patient Zero

c. Current treatment options for Patient Zero

d. Expected future of Patient Zero and the expected outcome of this case

e. Difference between pandemic and epidemic and which one we are dealing with in your patient's case

f. Other concerns/warnings to the public for their awareness of the problem

g. Who is at risk?

h. Should be presented in one of the following formats: live press conference (in front of the class), written newspaper article (read aloud to class as if you are a newscaster), or a pre-recorded press conference (will present your video to the class). Let your imagination fly here!

4. Treatment/Testing Log – you will create a spreadsheet that will track the tests that you conducted on Patient Zero, the results of each test, and the resulting treatments given to the patient. **These spreadsheets will need to be uploaded into your group's iBook as an embedded spreadsheet or a screenshot picture.

a. Include patient name and ID#.

b. Include all doctors' names on the case.

c. Include all tests and treatments performed during the course of project and organize chronologically according to the date submitted.

d. Should be two separate spreadsheets - one labeled testing, the other treatment.

e. Each spreadsheet should have at least 4 columns: test/treatment name, date submitted, test/treatment results, receipt date of the results

5. Follow-up Story – you will create a follow-up story that includes:

a. Status of Patient Zero

b. Warnings to the general public – is the area now safe? Should they still be using caution?

c. Prevention in the future – how can the public make sure this doesn’t happen to them?

d. Treatment(s) of Patient Zero

e. Personal interview with Patient Zero (patient may be played by one of your group members)

f. Must be presented as a live interview recorded with iMovie. Let your imagination fly here!

SITE YOUR SOURCES in the credits of your movie!!!!