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In this activity, students will learn about John Snow, considered to be the
father of epidemiology. They will learn how he used scientific methods to identify
the environment in which cholera was spreading. By disrupting this environment,
he ended the epidemic. Then students will learn more about modern-day "disease
detectives," deciding whether this would be a possible career for them to pursue.
This activity fulfills science
and health education standards.
- Describe the scientific methods that John Snow used to identify the environment
in which cholera could spread
- Apply what they have learned about environmental conditions as a factor
in the spread of infectious diseases
BAM! Body and Mind Resources:
Detectives — Profiles CDC "detectives" as they track down the source
of diseases and help stop them.
SARS — Students can track SARS and CDC's work to stop it from the
beginning in this interactive feature.
Flame Out — Students can examine the process that CDC uses to tackle
public health problems such as smoking.
Infection Detection — Students can examine the process that CDC
uses to tackle infectious diseases such as West Nile virus.