Transmission of the Ebola Virus Disease (CTE)


This lesson will simulate disease transmission and connect it to how Ebola virus is transmitted in people.


Since the Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa, there is a combination of fear and confusion in people's minds on how the virus is transmitted from person to person. This situation is reminiscent of when the human Immunodeficiency (HIV) syndrome lead to the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic. Many people were scared because they were unsure of the transmission pathway. This lesson provides a simulation on how disease in transmitted in a population. It offers information on what the medical community has found out on how the Ebola virus disease spreads at this point in time.

Lesson Times

1 to 2 periods
50 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
    • Patient Care
K-12 Subjects
  • Science
Grade Levels
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (2)
California English Common Core Standards (2)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Perform a laboratory activity that shows how disease is spread in a population.
  • Explain how the Ebola virus is transmitted to other people.
  • Compare and contrast properties of bacteria versus viruses.
  • Describe the process of transmission and the ability to trace an agent back to patient zero
  • Identify precautions that could be taken to slow transmission or even prevent the spread of colds/viruses.
  • Explain the concepts of disease and decipher between acute, chronic and contagious.

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