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Tracking Epidemics


Tracking Epidemics

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This is a great video program showing how pathogens mutate and spread infection.  Tracking mutations helps scientists determine how and when diseases evolve. Supramap, a recently developed Web application, visualizes the global movement of epidemics. The maps it generates provide a visual record of the evolution and spread of deadly diseases around the world.
Material Type: Tutorial
Date Added to MERLOT: August 04, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 23, 2013
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Submitter: Judith Kandel



Primary Audience: College General Ed, High School, College Lower Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
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Avatar for Judith Kandel
14 years ago

Judith Kandel (Faculty)

This is a wonderful site to introduce students to epidemiology based on a museum
exhibition in 1999. Short texts are accompanied on each page with colorful
and/or historical photos. All the elements in the chain of infection (the
pathogen, routes of transmission, and host defenses) are discussed as are the
strategies to break the chain (diagnosis and treatment, vaccines). There is also
a nice discussion of how environmental changes, including those resulting from
human behavior, affect the distribution of pathogens. The resource page contains
links to other websites for each of the subheadings addressed at this site.