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    Features of a perfect pathogen

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    If you were to create a hypothetical perfect pathogen, identify four features of the pathogen that help to maximize its survival and spread within a host population. For each feature described, provide a named example of a real pathogen that uses a similar feature.

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    1) It should be able to survive for prolonged periods outside of the body, so it does not rely only on close personal contact for transmission. Poliovirus is an example of a virus that is stable in sewage-contaminated water for prolonged periods, and can infect people who drink this water.

    2) Typically the most contagious viruses are ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution describes four attributes that enhance the ability of a pathogen to spread and survive within the population. For each factor, examples are provided of real pathogens that have the appropriate attribute.

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