Oh my god don't get started with that. Proctors must be thinking "hm, the event has the word "disease" in it, so why don't we just make most of the test about the diseases?"
We got pictures of microbes and were asked to identify it. I know this isn’t technically against the rules, but I couldn’t help but go “wait did we walk into microbe?”
Also, the steps to investigating an outbreak in the scioly wiki is different from the one on the cdc website, which one should be used?
Oh you too? So annoying that students were asked to identify vague EMs of cocci and distinguish them (ok one distinguishable as Ebola). This is not Microbes!!! And also not rote-memorization of diseases and symptoms/incubation periods, as stated in in the new handouts. Maybe event supervisors will pay attention...
It is true that in a way it doesn't matter as to the topic, except at Nationals. Nationals always has one of their scenarios on topic (food-borne, environmental), but now maybe topics are no longer a thing, so we can ignore focus on them.
I'm personally fine with generallish questions like "Describe the natural history of <disease>" (as long as the disease isn't esoteric, e.g. tuberculosis, salmonellosis, cholera, etc.) or questions like "What kind of agent is <disease> caused by" or even questions like "Give an example of a disease that is foodborne and have an incubation period of under a week" or "What are the three main shapes of bacteria?", but I agree that a question like "Using this image of the bacteria found in the victim's blood, determine what disease the victim has" is really pushing it. This event is about outbreak investigation, not diseases!