West Nile Virus Webquest
Welcome future doctors and scientists! In this project your group will research the West Nile Virus. You will present your findings to a decision making board that will take action based on your recommendations. The virus is quickly making its way ascross our country, so your input is urgently needed.
Your group will need access to the internet and much brain power!
Decide what type of scientist you are. Your decision will determine the type of research you will engage in. Each member of the group is to be a different scientist. Your choices are: (get more information before you maske your decision)
Microbiology - what is a microbiologist?
Entomology - what is an entomologist?
Genetics - careers in the genetics field
gather information for your presentations:
You have now changed careers! You are all now Epidemiologists (what in the world is that?) You must now confer with your fellow doctors to prepare your presentation. The West Nile Virus is of great concern and your recommendations are needed soon! All members should complete all activities.
F) You need answers to the questions the board will pose. Prepare yourself: most all questions will be answered at the centers for disease control.(That is the premier site, all other web sites draw their information from there)
How does the west nile virus affect the body?
How can you get the west nile virus?
How many people have been affected so far, and where were these people?
What is the history of the west nile virus?
How can we protect the public?
What are your predictions for how the public will be affected in the future?
G) Create a map of an affected state. Identify each county and the number of cases per county. (see your teacher for a state map) Analyze:
the number of cases per population
the percent of population affected
the percent of counties affected
Your group must now prepare your presentation to the board. (the class) Your presentation should answer the questions:
How might each of the scientist types help the public prevent west nile virus spreading?
What level of risk is our community under?
What recommendations do you have for our board? (hint: what do we as citizens do to help?)
Your presentation will be scored on our class rubric.
Created August 16, 2002
Last Revised August 16, 2002
West Nile Virus - Plans for Educators
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