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12GTHBY1 - Infectious Disease: Zika Virus Disease

This unit explores the causes and spread of disease and how humans respond to invading pathogens. Disease is caused by various pathogens that are transmitted between individuals and populations in many different ways.


Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information.  Don't forget CTRL F to scan around a page quickly.


Zika Fever:

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  • Ready-made citation

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Zika virus disease:

  • Well written, high-quality reference material
  • Topics include infectious agent, diagnosis, control and prevention
  • Advanced reading level
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Smartraveller Australia: This Zika Virus site gives you updates on countries of transmission and preventative measures.


Online encyclopaedia - Access Science

"Virus spread by mosquitoes linked to rare birth defect" news article:  A mosquito-borne virus may cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads. Zika virus, which first appeared in Brazil in May, causes fever, rash, vomiting, red eyes and, in some cases, death. Brazilian health officials believe that a Zika infection during pregnancy harms growing fetuses.

Online database

EBSCOhost online database: Offers a broad range of full text and bibliographic databases designed for research. Check the most recent newspaper and magazine articles from Australia regarding Zika.


  • Add limits to Source Types (Left hand side) e.g. Newspapers (Domestic) and Magazines (Domestic)
  • Sort results under Relevance - Date Newest


Daily Mail - Will Zika reach YOUR city?: This news article focuses on the modelling of the Zika spread to American cities.



Full Story - Australia Could Hold Solution to the Zika Virus: An Australian led scientific team armed with a squadron of Aussie Mozzies engineered to stop the spread of the Zika Virus are giving new hope to residents of Brazil on the eve of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Mixed media - YouTube

Reference generator

It is important that you show your teacher you used a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources provided on this page would look like:

World Health organisation 2016, WHO: Zika virus - Questions and answers (Q&A), online video, 26 January, accessed 15 June 2016, <>.

Zika n.d., chart, Content Delivery Network, accessed 15 June 2016, <>.

Zika fever 2016. Britannica School. Retrieved 15 June 2016, from