22-year-old college student named Mike went to the student health center
complaining of yellow discharge from his penis, painful urination and fever.
Mike reported that he has recently broken up with his long-term girlfriend and
started dating again. Mike lives in the college dorm with a roommate who
is currently ill with Mononucleosis. Lab results indicate the presence of
gram-negative diplococcic in the fluid sample taken from Mike’s penis.
on the information presented in the case study, answer the following questions
in your paper (see guidelines for additional info):
What microorganism do you believe is to blame for this illness (be specific)?
Provide background information on this organism, history, morphology, virulence
factors, toxins, etc...
What information from the patient’s symptoms contributed to your decision? Did
this information allow you to rule out any other possible culprits? What
information from the patient’s history and/or lab samples that contributed to
your decision? Support your answers with factual evidence and logical
What is the epidemiology of this disease? Identify risk factors for this
disease and describe the disease course/outcome in humans.
What steps can be taken to treat the illness? How and why are the treatments
effective (or ineffective)? Are there any concerns or other complications of
Case Study Scenario
Course Outcomes #1, #2, #3
recognize the use of the scientific method to weigh evidence,
make decisions, and solve problems
apply knowledge of cellular and molecular processes to
understand infectious disease mechanisms
synthesize knowledge of microbial pathogenesis and disease
prevention methods and communicate this knowledge to the community
scientific case study is a short summary of an event or personal experience
that ends in a "mystery"—in this case, one that you will solve using
your own research and the clues provided within the case study. For this
project, you will evaluate a patient-centered case study that explores a
mysterious bacterial or viral illness. The case study will include a set of
questions to guide your analysis.
paper should include the following:
Study General Format:
of the 4 provided questions should be answered individually (200-300 words per
question answer). You should incorporate your ideas into well-written
paragraphs using complete sentences, a logical flow of information and in-text
citations should be provided at the end of the document formatted in the APA
Case study project should include the following:
Include your name, date and the case study title ("A",
"B", "C", etc...) at the top of your paper.
Number the question answers 1-4 in your document. DO NOT
provide the original questions.
DO NOT copy the original case study into your response.
Answer each of the 4 question sections in 200-300 words.
Use in text citations for fact-based information
Provide APA formatted full reference citations at
the end of the document.
Remember to use italics as needed for bacterial
Once you have gathered all of your information, you will
organize your case study analysis into an essay of 1,000 to 1,500 words (not
including original case study OR references).
must have a minimum of two outside sources to support your evaluation.
can consist of any of the following: books, textbooks, scholarly journal
articles, and websites run by reputable government organizations (such as the
CDC or NIH).
may have additional references as well. All of your references should be no
more than six years old (published in 2005 or later).
should include BOTH in-text citations and a final reference page
formatted in APA style.