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Activity 1.1.2 Investigating an Outbreak Introduction When Sue walks into the college infirmary, she is shocked to find so many other students waiting to see the doctor. Could all of these cases possibly be related? Sue figures she just has a cold. She will get some medicine from the doctor and be on her way. If only it were that simple! In a suspected disease outbreak, scientists and doctors must work diligently to gather evidence and to identify the cause of the illness. The ability to identify the pathogen , the infectious agent or germ, involved is crucial to stopping the spread of the disease and to providing proper treatment to those who are affected. You have been assigned to be the chief investigator for the case at Sue’s college. As you investigate this potential outbreak, you will be provided with information about patient symptoms and patient medical histories. Research these symptoms to generate a list of possible diseases or disease agents that might be responsible for the cases at the college. You will perform diagnostic tests as well as analyze DNA
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