REFLECTION

   I am a week away to finish this semester. But, I still have a lot to do. Such as, turning in all my final papers, studying for the exam and taking my finals are some of the things I should do. What is interesting in this semester is that, I tried to take three science classes at the same time and they blow my mind off. Microbiology course was the toughest for me Because, there was much paperwork, lab, experiment and studying most of the microorganisms makes this course very difficult. At the same time, it was very interesting. Because, it challenged me intellectually and I had a chance to go out of the school, collect a sample and do an experiment. Wow….what an experience. I made it this far in microbiology class because, I had a good professor who has more than enough experience to teach and lead us to a better grade. I am grateful to have her as my professor and I would like to appreciate her for the experience that she shares with us. Thank you. Dr. V.

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INVESTIGATION

       As we all know microorganisms are everywhere. They can be in the air, water, soil and in any particles. All microbes are not pathogenic for humans, but some are pathogenic and even deadly. Recently my brother in law got sick and he went to the hospital for a checkup, after his Dr. examine him and with all the lab result, he is diagnosed with acute bronchitis. His diagnosis lead me to investigate what causes his disease?

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Usually acute bronchitis caused by virus, but bacteria can also a cause of bronchitis. These virus or bacteria can cause inflammation or infection to the bronchial tubes.

Signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis include sore throat, fatigue (tiredness), fever, body aches, stuffy or runny nose, vomiting, and diarrhea. But the main symptom is that a persistent cough.

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ebola outbreak

      Ebola virus is one of the most deadliest virus in the world, it can kill 90% of those infected. according to CNN the Ebola outbreak in coastal West Africa is still contained to Guinea and Liberia, the World Health Organization announced Tuesday, despite rumors of the virus spreading to other countries.

Cases have been reported in Sierra Leone, Mali and Ghana, but the WHO says none has been confirmed. Rumored cases in Mali are still being investigated.

The number of suspected cases in Guinea has grown to 157, with 101 deaths. Sixty-seven have been confirmed as Ebola. In Liberia, 21 cases have been reported, including 10 deaths. Five of the cases have been confirmed as Ebola.

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WHO (world health organization): Key facts of ebola

  • The Ebola virus causes Ebola virus disease (EVD; formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) in humans.
  • EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%.
  • EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests.
  • The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
  • Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus.
  • No specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

Reference

       WHO: Ebola outbreak one of ‘most challenging’ – CNN.com. (n.d.).

                   Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/08/health/africa-ebola/

      WHO | Ebola virus disease. (2014, March).

                  Retrieved April 2014, from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

 

Funny words……

BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

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404: Someone who’s clueless. From the World Wide Web error message “404 Not Found,” meaning that the requested document could not be located.

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 Bumfuzzle: confuse; perplex; fluster.

Example: “Irish can bumfuzzle any team”

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Reference

Top Ten Lists – Merriam-Webster Online. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-funny-sounding-and-interesting-words/bumfuzzle.html