Interactive Case Study for Virus Hunter: Monitoring Nipah Virus in Bat Populations
This interactive video explores how scientists identify which bat populations are infected with Nipah virus and could transmit the virus to humans.
The video follows the research of Jonathan Epstein and his colleagues at EcoHealth Alliance, who are monitoring Nipah virus in wild populations of fruit bats in Bangladesh. As students watch the video, they are prompted to answer questions that require them to predict steps in the research process and interpret data. Students also make connections to their own experiences and to other infectious diseases.
The “Student Worksheet” lists the questions embedded in the video. The “Educator Materials” document provides implementation tips from educators who have used interactive case studies in their classroom. It also provides additional discussion questions and guidance on assessing students’ responses.
Student Learning Targets
- Identify the causes of zoonotic diseases.
- Describe the characteristics of a reservoir species.
- Explain how a mutation in a virus can help it spread more easily.
- Propose ways to reduce the spread of zoonotic diseases.
disease transmission, emerging infectious disease, epidemiology, infection, mutation, outbreak, reservoir species, spillover, zoonotic disease
Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS1-1, HS-LS3-2; SEP7
AP Biology 2019
IB Biology 2016
AP Environmental Science 2020
Learning Objectives: EIN-3.D
IB Environmental Systems and Societies 2017
Vision and Change 2009
CC1, CC2, CC3