West Nile Virus: Vectors and Hosts Game
This activity is a game that enacts the complexity of viral infections that involve different vectors and hosts.
Students play the West Nile virus game to learn how the virus spreads and how the outcome changes depending on the species that is infected. Students take the role of either the vector (mosquito) or one of several hosts, as detailed and explained on the game cards, to simulate how infection by West Nile virus spreads. They then act out the results of West Nile infection as described on the cards. This activity complements the concepts explored in the Click & Learn From Birds to People: the West Nile Virus Story.
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Student Learning Targets
- Differentiate the roles of vectors and hosts in West Nile virus infection.
- Explain how a virus spreads through a community.
- Explain and communicate how some hosts play a role in spreading a virus and others don’t.
insect, mosquito, viral disease
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IST-4.B; SP1, SP2, SP3
Topic(s): 8.9, 8.15, 9.4
Learning Objectives & Practices: STB-3.L, EIN-3.D, STB-4.E, SP2