Zoonotic disease cannot be ruled out at this time. Interview Log Epidemiologists are searching for patterns among patients and for additional clues as to how the disease in question is transferred. Additional information was gathered © 2011 Project Lead The Way, Inc. Biomedical Innovation Project 5.1.1B Evidence Report #2 – Page 2
regarding specific responses on the illness complaint worksheet. All patients were interviewed on their first day of admission. Patient 1 Q: It says here that you are a biology teacher. Do you use any harmful chemicals at work? A: I do set up some labs that require chemicals, but as this is the time of the year when we study anatomy, I have been doing a lot of dissections with the students. Last week students dissected a pig heart. Companies do not use formaldehyde to package these specimens anymore, so I believe they are relatively safe. Q: You said you just returned from a conference in Beijing. Was it a big event? A: Oh yes, there were thousands of teachers from around the world there to exchange teaching strategies and ideas. The sessions were interesting, but I spent way too many hours cramped in small rooms with tons of people. The only parts of the city I managed to see were the subway and a few restaurants. By the end of the conference, I was tired and ready to come home. Patient 2 Q: It says on your intake sheet that you are restoring a barn at your house. What does that entail? A: We live on old farmland and are converting this space to an extra bedroom/guest house. We have just gotten things to the point where we can put up new walls. It took a long time to sweep out all of the hay and clean the area. Luckily, my fiancé did a good job clearing out the old farm equipment before he left for China. Q: You noted that your nephew was sick. Is he feeling better? A: Actually, it has been a week and he still has a fever. I talked to him the other night, and he could not stop coughing. Patient 3 Q: Could you tell me a bit more about your hiking trip? A: The past few months have been so rainy and unpleasant. My friends and I were looking forward to getting out in the nice weather and taking a break from school. It was a relaxing trip. We found a great campsite near a lake and slept out under the stars. I did have a hard time sleeping. The sound of animals moving around was hard to ignore. I also kept scratching my mosquito bites, some of which became pretty raw. Q: What did you eat and drink out there? A: We brought some bottled water, but filtered what else we needed from the lake. I am pretty picky when it comes to food, so I brought all of my own snacks in my pack. We did bring some meats to cook over the fire and kept them in a cooler at our camp.