Patterns of Zoonotic Disease
This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study on the global distribution of zoonotic pathogens and their host species.
A zoonotic pathogen is any pathogen that can be transmitted from animals to humans and cause disease. The figure contains six maps that show the geographic distribution of clades, or groups, of mammal species known to carry zoonotic pathogens. The six clades include carnivores (Carnivora), bats (Chiroptera), primates (Primates), rodents (Rodentia), shrews and moles (Soricomorpha), and non-domesticated hoofed mammals (Ungulates).
The “Educator Materials” document includes a captioned figure, background information, graph interpretation, and discussion questions. The “Student Handout” includes a captioned figure and background information. The original article is also provided as a download.
Student Learning Targets
- Analyze and interpret data from a scientific figure.
- Describe the term zoonotic disease and discuss some of the global patterns in the mammals that carry these diseases.
epidemiology, health care, heat map, infection, mammal, pathogen, reservoir, spillover event
Han, Barbara A., Andrew M. Kramer, and John M. Drake. “Global Patterns of Zoonotic Disease in Mammals.” Trends in Parasitology 32, 7 (2016): 565–577. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2016.04.007.
Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-8; SEP2, SEP4, SEP5
AP Biology (2019)
EVO-3.A, SYI-2.B; SP1, SP4
IB Biology (2016)
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 8.15, 9.4
Learning Objectives & Practices: EIN-3.D, STB-4.E, SP1, SP2
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
Common Core (2010)
Math.S-ID.3, Math.S-IC.1; MP2, MP5
Vision and Change (2009)
CC2; DP2, DP3