1.2 Learn About Common Communicable Diseases


Health 7

Communicable and Noncommunicable Disease Unit

1.2 Learn about Common Communicable Diseases

Health Standards Met: 1,3,5

      1. Using Medline Plus view each of the videos below. Also, read the article on the Common cold.





                                              Common cold article

      2. After viewing each of the videos and reading the article on the common cold, read each     

          situation; diagnose the disease, and suggest treatment


Situation 1

       Sam had a common cold for over a week, suddenly he developed a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. What disease would you diagnose and what treatment do you  think Sam requires?

   Situation 2

            Mary traveled outside of the country recently and months after she returned she started experiencing a fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight loss. She thought she had a virus so she did not go to the doctor for a few weeks after the symptoms started appearing. When she did not feel better after a few weeks she went to her doctor. What do you think he/she would diagnose? What treatment does Mary require?

                                                                    Situation #3

          Rafael suddenly developed a high fever, headache and a very stiff neck, he was nauseous, started vomiting and had difficulty seeing in bright light. Rafael knew he was very sick and needed to see a doctor. What do you think the doctor would diagnose. What treatment would doctors suggest?

                                                                   Situation #4

Rudy suddenly had a headache, dry cough, runny nose, muscle and body aches, tiredness and weakness and a sore throat. What disease would you diagnose? How can it be treated?