Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How does the Ebola virsus affect the body? English lesson

The news that the second diagnosis of Ebola has been identified in Texas. This news has caused a lot of concern that the virus could spread from Western Africa to other countries.  I was speaking to a medical doctor from Italy recently, and he said that 60-90% of people who catch Ebola die from the disease.  The health care system in Israel is even preparing drills  on October 17th at the Ben Gurion Airport to help airport workers identify Ebola victims as they either might be coming into the country from outside.

This article that I am suggesting you read is not very long and is very technical, but as this is a health issue that could potentially affect us all, I feel that it is very important for everyone to be informed.

Key Terms
fatal disease
humans and primates
emerged sporadically
are prone to get infected
 virus transmission
 systemic, meaning that it attacks every organ and tissue of the human body
 blood clotting
virus particles
connective tissue
Spontaneous bleeding
renal failure

When was the virus first noticed?
Why is it named "Ebola"
What are the first symptoms?
How is it transmitted from person to person?
Who is most likely to be infected first?
Who is most likely to be infected next?
How does the virus affect the body?
The Americans are testing an experimental drug on victims of the disease. Would you take this drug if you had Ebola?
In history there have been epidemics before.  What can we learn from the past about treating Ebola now?
Do you think that there is a way to protect other countries from Ebola?
What is the best way to help people in Africa from getting the disease?

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher.

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