3 Viruses Go "Viral"

Module 3


Assessments in Module 3 include one open response item, two multiple-choice questions and a formative assessment task.

  1. Describe the factors (biological and human behaviors) that my cause an outbreak of a viral disease to develop into an epidemic or not. Use your understandings from the timeline and readings in this module.
    • Mode of transmission of virus: direct and indirect contact (Ebola, HIV, measles, smallpox, influenza)
    • Diseases that are spread by insect vectors: if the vectors are abundant and are found in close proximity to humans (Zika, Bubonic plague, typhus)
    • Human behavior: that result in increases in the density of vectors, such as careless disposal of trash; poor sanitation leading to contaminated water; careless food preparation; burial practices (Zika, Cholera, Salmonella, SARS, Ebola)
  2. The best treatment for an unknown viral disease is
    1. Antibiotic
    2. Bedrest
    3. Exercise
    4. Vaccine
  3. In order to multiply, a virus must
    1. Conjugate with another virus
    2. Invade a host cell
    3. Manufacture extra food
    4. Remain hidden

Formative Assessment

Students create a fictitious viral disease with symptoms, causative agent and mode of transmission and present it and have the class decide whether it is contagious or not.