Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery


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Both Chad and Paula were unknowingly infected with rabies from a raccoon on the same day. Chad started developing symptoms three days later, while Paula became ill one month after exposure. Why did it take longer for Paula to develop symptoms of the disease?

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1. Which of the following statements about the period of convalescence is FALSE?

2. An invading pathogen multiplies within your body prior to causing any signs or symptoms of disease. Which stage of disease development is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo is designed to assess what you know about the disease process. You must be familiar with each stage of disease progression in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • When a person can infect others with what they are infected with
  • Terms used to describe:
    • The period of recovery
    • The stage where the pathogen multiplies in the body without causing any symptoms
    • The stage when one is most sick
    • The short stage when one begins to feel that he/she is sick without displaying any symptoms

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how disease develops from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the period of incubation and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as prodromal period and period of convalescence
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the name of each stage of disease progression

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Progress of Disease: Infection to Recovery. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the first stage of disease
  • Note the short stage following the initial infection
  • Explain the third step in disease progression
  • Define the term used to describe an illness's peak
  • Discuss the period where the disease is brought under control
  • Describe the final stage of the disease process
  • Use an example of a train ride to illustrate each stage discussed in the lesson