Preventing and Treating Diseases

Every day, people in our community are affected by infectious disease.

An infectious disease is on that you can catch and pass on to other people.

These diseases cause a variety of symptoms and often a sick person needs to be looked after by someone else.

In this task, you are looking for treatments of someone with an infectious disease. The infectious diseases that you must cover are listed below. (Note: you can choose other diseases too after you finish the listed ones)

  • Chicken Pox
  • Measles
  • Common cold
  • Influenza
  • Whooping cough
  • Herpes simplex (cold sores)
  • Malaria

Your task is to write a “Disease Summary” account of your experiences caring for this sick person. You may choose to be a family member, friend or health care professional.

Fill out the disease the “Disease Summary” sheet below in your book or a new word document.

Disease Summary (Copy this into your book or new word document. Can share with other students, include group memebers)

Name of disease:

Microbe that causes it (scientific name):

How is it passed between people (eg sneezing/coughing, touching, mosquitoes)?

What is the incubation period (if applicable)?

What symptoms are there?

What can be done to treat the disease (eg antibiotics, rest, Panadol etc)?

How long does it take to get better?

Does it have any effects long term?