CASE STUDY RUBRIC MICROBIOLOGY
The current pathogen selections include the following (select only one for your Case Study from the list).
Be sure to read the rubric carefully as it is very helpful. Aeromonas hydrophila Balamuthia mandrillaris Borrelia recurrentis Burkholderia pseudomallei Clonorchis sinensis Ebola virus Extensively drug-resistant TB, XDR-TB Fusarium incamatum-equiseti or Bipolaris hawaiiensis Leishmaniasis Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Yellow fever virus Zika virus
Assigned Case Study Problem:
You will create a case study for a microbial infection selected from the current pathogen list. Your case
study will be assembled using a detailed rubric (see below). Upon completion, and by a specified due
date (within Unit 5), your case study will be submitted using the Blackboard website.
How to create a case study
The case studies are meant to be an enjoyable, interesting, and informative assignment. This is your
chance to show that you understand the key teaching points about a microbe and to communicate
these points to in a written format. Have at least 3-4 key referenced points in each of the five
areas. The chart below suggests the type of information requested for the pathogen. Outlines can be in
whatever form you prefer (bullets/charts/outlines/diagrams or a mix). Be sure to include two
discussion questions (and provide complete answers) that you can incorporate into your case study
(place them at the end of your write-up). These questions should help connect your case to other
material in the course. For example, what other microbes have an A-B toxin? What other viruses are
transmitted by fecal-oral spread? Pertinent references can be listed at the bottom of your outline in a
small font. Use American Medical Association Manual (AMA) Style format for all references. Your
textbook may be listed as “Microbiology: A Human Perspective Eugene W. Nester et.al. McGraw-Hill
Publisher 7th edition/ 2012”.
Typical Case Description of the infectious agent What does a typical case look like? Use the standard format
for a patient presentation with chief complaint (CC), history of
present illness (HPI), key physical exam details (PE), lab
findings, signature signs, and any other important findings.
If it is a bacterium, how is it classified? If it is a virus, what kind
of nucleic acid does it have? Does it target specific cellular
types (tropism)? Does it form a spore? Is it aerobic? Is it
intracellular? Can it only be grown in a specific type of media?
How is it distinguished from other members of the species?
Does the pathogen have a significant history with humans or
animals? CASE STUDY RUBRIC MICROBIOLOGY
Epidemiology Pathogenesis Prophylaxis/Treatment What do you feel are the most important points about the
epidemiology of the disease? Incidence? Portal of entry?
Source? Is it a normal microbiota component in the human
body? Does it only occur in certain populations or certain
geographical areas? Is there a vector involved? What and who
is the vector? Is it zoonotic? Does it appear seasonally? Are
there currently any outbreaks of this pathogen? What is its
ecological niche? Is there a reservoir? Are there currently any
outbreaks or epidemics of disease from this pathogen?
What is the range of diseases caused by the agent? What
organs are affected? What symptoms might the patient have?
What is the disease course? Will the patient recover? Are
there any long-term sequelae of infection? Latency?
Is there an antitoxin? Specific antibiotics or a class of
antibiotics that are used? Is there a vaccine available? Is
treatment curative? Does infection make you immune? Is this
immunity life-long? Is there drug resistance? Are there novel
1. The written case presentations are submitted through Blackboard in Unit 5 of the course. When
you reach Unit 5, be sure to e-mail your instructor to receive a list of the Case Study selections.
2. Please name the files in the following manner “Lastname Firstinitial CS Y”. For example, if I am
submitting a Case Study on tularemia, I would name the case study file “Frisardi M CS tularemia”. This
will ensure that you receive appropriate credit and that I will be able to find your Case Study
document easily when grading.
For the Case Study, you are asked to provide at least the information requested in the boxes. The boxed
questions are suggestions for the minimum amount of information within each category. The more
detailed the information, the better the study. You may consult your textbook, CDC, Google Scholar,
NCBI, WebMD, etc. to find the information. For example, if you perform a Google search using the name
of the pathogen and the word ‘vaccine’, you will find information on current vaccines (if any), those in
clinical trials, vaccines used only in animals, etc. Be sure to provide two (2) discussion questions (as well
as provide answers) with your case study.
Your library privileges from UNE give you access to all of the scientific literature so you are able to find
references, abstracts, and complete articles in most cases.
Your library privileges from UNE also give you access to the medical textbooks. Do this: Go to the UNE library page here: http://www.une.edu/library/e-resources Click on the “Databases by Title” under UNE Online Resources (the page will be here:
http://www.une.edu/library/e-resources/databases-title ) Scroll down to the Database “AccessMedicine” and click on it. You will see a log-in page and you can use your UNE e-mail log-in information. You should be seeing the AccessMedicine Search bar in the middle of the page. Type in your
Case Study pathogen and get started. CASE STUDY RUBRIC MICROBIOLOGY You may also click on the “Full Text Journals” indicated on the same UNE Library resources page. Finally, use Google Scholar. Make a noun string of your pathogen’s Latin name and a qualifying term like
“vaccines” or “virulence factors”. Be sure to unclick the “patents” box before you search. The site is:
http://scholar.google.com/. Google Scholar is a great place to find scientific articles on you subject. Look
here for articles that give you the full text in HTML or PDF versions. The UNE librarian is also very helpful
and is accessible via e-mail (see above).
I enjoy reading a narrative, but you may use bullet points for each section (the choice is yours).
American Medical Association Manual (AMA) Style format is fine for all references.
Be sure to consider the directions carefully and include all the requested information (especially the two
discussion questions with responses and scientific literature references). I have attached a document
with AMA style format instructions for the references. Remember that the Case Study is a teaching tool
and you are, essentially, teaching me about the pathogen you selected.
CASE STUDY RUBRIC MICROBIOLOGY