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Infectious Diseases affect us all

These conditions evolve and change constantly – with new diseases, outbreaks, drugs and pathogens appearing on an almost daily basis.

As of 2017, students in the Health Sciences are confronted by:

  • 357 Infectious Diseases
  • ongoing outbreaks in 220 countries
  • 3,000 pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi)
  • 310 anti-infective drugs
  • 70 vaccines

GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Online Network) is an interactive Web-based program that follows the entire field of Infectious Diseases.

A variety of interactive modules facilitate design and preparation of media for teaching Biology, Microbiology, Pre-Medical (Nursing, Veterinary, etc) students

Study modules that allow the student to

  • Organize and study individual diseases
  • Compare and contrast bacteria (yeasts, etc)
  • Learn essential principles of vaccine and antibiotic usage
  • Follow ongoing outbreaks – of every disease, in every country, including their own

The “Fingerprint” function allows students to put diseases in perspective.

Note that “Fingerprint” is a sub-module of the “Diseases” module (red arrows)

Gideon currently follows 357 individual diseases, worldwide.

Questions

  1. How many of the world’s infectious diseases occur in the United States?
  2. How many of these are caused by parasites?
  3. Which of the parasitic diseases of the United States are carried by dogs?

Answers

1. 250 generic infectious diseases occur in the United States

2. 58 of these diseases are caused by parasites

3. … and 20 of the parasites are carried by dogs

Notice that each disease is discussed in detail in the box to the right:

What is the disease; how is it transmitted; key signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment; details of country-by-country impact, pictures, etc.

Another interactive function in the Diseases module can be used to create study charts which contrast the clinical features of any combination of diseases.

For example, what are the differences between gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV-infection?

The incidence of related diseases can also be contrasted through an interactive “Graphs” module that allows users to combine any group of disease trends into a single chart.

Users can also follow all ongoing and historical outbreaks – for every disease, in every country.

For example, this is the January 2017 note for Zika in the United States:

The Microbiology module is an invaluable tool which allows teachers or users to study the features of all known bacteria and yeasts found in humans.

In the following charts, I’ve “asked” Gideon to generate a list of all facultative Gram-positive cocci; and prepare a chart which contrasts the features of the four most common species that share these characteristics.

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