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Biology students learn about Ebola

The most recent Ebola outbreak is almost over but not without killing over 10,000 people since it was first seen in March 2014 in Africa.

What is this virus? How does it impact the world around us as well as students at Weddington High School? 

To help answer these questions and become global thinkers, students in Ms. Dilsworth’s biology class recently read The Hot Zone by Richard Preston in order to learn more about the virus outbreak in Africa. This nonfiction book details the emergence of Ebola, a deadly infectious disease with no vaccine or treatment. Once someone is infected with the viruses, Preston reports, vital organs such as the liver "begin to liquefy," the skin "bubbles up" into a rash "likened to tapioca pudding," and death occurs with 7 days.

Could this virus ever reach the United States? Yes! The students discussed the implications of a global viral outbreak and how this might affect them. Kelsey Patterson said, “Ebola is a definite threat to people in the United States because of international travel and the fact that it is so contagious.”

The students created a project to showcase their knowledge of the virus. The students were given the opportunity to think about the world around them, solve problems, and create materials to illustrate those problems. Projects included posters, brochures, collages, and videos.

Lauren Pressley wrote, “Ebola is the most dangerous virus in the world and should not be taken lightly. It is the responsibility of scientists to find a vaccine.”

As a result of this novel study and project, Ms. Dilsworth’s students will be globally prepared to communicate, connect, and cooperate with their generation around the world.

Written by: Kristy Dilsworth, Biology Teacher
Posted: May 11, 2015 by Anna Waldrup

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