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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby CulturallyScientific » November 16th, 2014, 10:56 pm

When you're drawing an epicurve, the bars are only supposed to represent incidence or prevalence?
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Postby bernard » November 17th, 2014, 3:44 pm

The vertical axis of an epidemic curve should measure incidence. As a note to anyone who may have the terms mixed, incidence is the number of new cases in a period of time, while prevalence is the total number of cases during a period or at a point in time. Read more about the difference here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a quick guide on how to make epidemic curves.
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Postby CulturallyScientific » November 17th, 2014, 3:48 pm

The vertical axis of an epidemic curve should measure incidence. As a note to anyone who may have the terms mixed, incidence is the number of new cases in a period of time, while prevalence is the total number of cases during a period or at a point in time. Read more about the difference here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a quick guide on how to make epidemic curves.
Thanks, Bernard!! The link was really helpful :)
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby bernard » November 20th, 2014, 11:03 am

I discovered an app called Solve The Outbreak, made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is interactive, so check it out if that is how you like to learn!
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby bernard » November 28th, 2014, 11:26 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has several pages documenting the Ebola outbreak. Also, here is a Reddit thread with some interesting discussion. Ambitious disease detectives might find these interesting to look at.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby hmath729 » December 8th, 2014, 5:20 pm

About the "Solve the Outbreak" app... it is awesome!
What diseases are probably the most important to study this year?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Unome » December 9th, 2014, 4:20 am

About the "Solve the Outbreak" app... it is awesome!
What diseases are probably the most important to study this year?
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Postby 6nusher » January 9th, 2015, 11:57 am

Normally, at least in New York, the test doesn't particularly focus on one specific disease. So you can't just study ebola and be fine on the test this year. The rules (in the rule manual) say that the test will favor knowledge that is broad and vague over detailed and specific, so just know some stuff about the different types of diseases (bacteria, viruses, etc.). There is absolutely no way you will be able to memorize anything useful about the diseases they use, and anyway, they should provide any specific information about the diseases they're testing. What remains is how you use the information they give you.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby hmath729 » January 16th, 2015, 5:06 pm

Normally, at least in New York, the test doesn't particularly focus on one specific disease. So you can't just study ebola and be fine on the test this year. The rules (in the rule manual) say that the test will favor knowledge that is broad and vague over detailed and specific, so just know some stuff about the different types of diseases (bacteria, viruses, etc.). There is absolutely no way you will be able to memorize anything useful about the diseases they use, and anyway, they should provide any specific information about the diseases they're testing. What remains is how you use the information they give you.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby SOnerd » January 18th, 2015, 11:52 am

I don't have my rules right now...Are we allowed an entire binder?
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