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May 24, 2023

Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases of Humans


A pathogen is a biological agent that causes illness or disease to its host.

An emerging disease is one that has occurred in a population for the first time.

A reemerging disease has existed previously but is rapidly increasing in the number of new cases or in a specific geographic range.

This week, we will examine some emerging and reemerging pathogens and diseases.

Feel free to download the Grading Rubric.

Do not edit your posts after the due dates because they will be marked late and points will be deducted from your discussion board grade.

Include the word count in each of your posts (exclude the header, title, references list, etc.).

For your main discussion post (first post)
You must choose from among the emerging and reemerging human pathogens below.
It is required of all students to reserve their discussion topic using the following procedure:
Click Week 3 Discussion, above, to enter the Discussion.
Click Create Thread and type the number and scientific name of the organism you will discuss in the subject line to reserve your topic on a first come/first serve basis according to the classroom date/time stamp. Click Submit.
Repeat main posts on the same organism are not permitted.
To post your main discussion you will reply to your topic intent post.
For the cellular organisms listed below, you need to start the first letter of the genus name with a capital letter and write all letters in the species name in lowercase letters and italicize both the genus and species names.

For the acellular organisms listed below, start the first letter of the common name/species name of the virus with a capital letter. Do not italicize the common name/species name of the virus. It is not required to include the family or genus names of the virus in your posts but if you do you must start each name with a capital letter and italicize each name.

D. You must find a credible resource that discusses why your pathogen/disease is classified as emerging or reemerging. You need to discuss why the pathogen/disease is emerging or reemerging, type of microbe it is, what disease it causes, transmission, course of disease, signs and symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

E. Your discussion should be well-written, in your own words, paraphrasing from only credible academic sources. You may not directly quote from your sources, minimum elaboration on the topic of a minimum of 300 words and maximum of 400 words.

F. You must also cite your credible academic reference sources with parenthetical in-text citations, and provide full end ref information in APA 7th Edition format.

G. Due by 11:59PM ET Friday 5/26, on any day of the week other than the days you post your two comments, to meet the minimum three day posting requirement.

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