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The 1st New Disease of the 21st Century


Otto Sanchez
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Ontario Institute of Technology


This case study uses a PowerPoint (~1MB) combined with role-playing to present the epidemiology and pathophysiology of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Students learn about the etiology and pathophysiology of the disease, and then argue different health professionals' perspectives on a plan of action for dealing with its consequences. Developed for a pathophysiology course for undergraduates, the case could also be used in a microbiology course or in a course in public or international health.

  • Describe the beginning, spread, etiology, and pathophysiology of SARS.
  • Differentiate the virological features of coronaviruses from other microorganisms.
  • Understand the significance of geography in health and predict the impact of international diseases.
  • Argue different health professional perspectives about one disease.
  • Plan actions to take when confronted with a new severe contagious respiratory disease.
  • Defend their stance regarding traveling to areas with infectious outbreaks.
Keywords: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome; SARS; respiratory disease; infectious disease; contagious disease; contagion; virus; viral infection; coronavirus; pandemic; Foshan City; Guangdong Province; China; Toronto; Canada
Topical Area: Policy issues, Social issues
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF, PowerPoint
Type/Method: Interrupted, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Public Health   Microbiology   Epidemiology   Medicine (General)  
Date Posted: 06/01/05
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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