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Unit 4 Assignment: Pathogenicity and Virulence

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Unit outcomes addressed in this Assignment:

  • Discuss major virulence factors of microorganisms
  • Discuss the mechanisms of manifestations of infection
  • Describes public health impact on prevention and treatment

Course outcome practiced with this Assignment:

HS320-5: Analyze the role of microbes in human disease and public health.

PC- 2.2: Formulate innovative solutions for identified initiatives.


  • Write an essay comparing both pathogenicity and virulence among microorganisms.  Provide examples.
  • Show how microorganisms vary in both their pathogenicity and virulence using the opportunistic infections as examples.
  • Show how these characteristics influence the prevention and treatment for public health.
  • Formulate at least two innovative solutions for reducing the spread of infection in personal life and in public.
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