veski inspiring students lesson 8: dengue

Overview 

In this video, Professor Cameron Simmons talks about the dengue virus, its symptoms and touches on replication of the virus in the cells of the human body. 

Dengue is a serious virus infection carried by mosquitoes in tropical countries. Approximately 40 million infants, young children and adults are infected each year, exhibiting symptoms such as high fever, debilitating headache, nausea, muscle aches, pain behind the eyes and a rash that afflicts large areas of the body. While these symptoms normally last between 3-7 days, life-threatening complications, such as shock or serious bleeding can occur. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent dengue and no specific treatments to reduce the severity of symptoms.

The activities provided with this resource can be used across multiple lessons including watching the video, having a discussion about the content of the video, reviewing the key concepts, and completing the worksheet and other activities.  

 

Key objectives

  • Understand that dengue is caused by a virus.
  • Understand how the dengue virus is transmitted.
  • Learn how science is related to disease prevention.

 

Background information

 

Activities

 

Categories

Dengue Virus, cell replication, disease spread

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