Infectious Disease Case Study
Let’s Talk About It
Be sure the class understands why it was important to know if Allison had taken any medications. (The use of medications before an examination could mask symptoms and interfere with the correct diagnosis.)
The common cold is caused by a virus. Since antibiotics do not kill viruses, they would not cure Allison’s cold. However, viral infections may increase an individual’s susceptibility to secondary bacterial infections by compromising the immune system.
Knowing that microbes are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics, should a patient with a viral infection receive antibiotics as part of his/her treatment? As a class, discuss this controversy.
- Moreno, N., Tharp, B., Erdmann, D., Rahmati Clayton, S., Denk, J. (2008). The Science of Microbes Teacher’s Guide. Houston, TX: BioEd.
- Different kinds of medications, #891041. 123rf
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