idea adapted from Joyce Calo's Bacteria Wanted Poster Research Project

For this assignment you will need to choose a human bacterial pathogen.  These may include but are not limited to:

pathogen disease
Bacillus anthracis anthrax
Bordetella petussis whooping cough
Clostridium botulinum botulism
Clostridium perfringens gas gangrene
Clostridium tetani tetanus
Corynebacterium diphtheria diphtheria
Escherichia coli acute pyelonephritis
Francisella tularensis tularemia or rabbit fever
Hemophilus influenzae meningitis
Lactobacillus acidophilus cavities
Mycobacterium leprae leprosy (Hansen's disease)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis tuberculosis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae gonorrhoea
Neisseria meningitidis spinal menigitis
Rickettsia richettsii Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rickettsia prowazekii typhus
Salmonella typhi typhoid fever
Salmonella typhimurium food poisoning
Shigella dysenteriae dysentery
Streptococcus mutans cavities
Streptococcus pneumoniae pneumonia
Streptococcus (group A) scarlet fever
Streptococcus (group A) rheumatic fever
Treponema pallidum syphilis
Treponema pertenue yaws
Vibrio cholerae cholera
Yersinia pestis plague

Please prepare a "WANTED" poster that displays  the following information:

  1. Name of the bacterial pathogen
  2. A photo of its appearance
  3. Its M.O. ("mode of operation" in police jargon)
  4. Most common victims it preys upon
  5. Its most likely hideout
  6. Is it considered "armed and dangerous?" (rate the degree of damage caused & number of victims)
  7. Most effective weapons against it.

You will present  your findings to the rest of the class by having a pass the poster session.  Please locate the following on 10 of your peers'  posters

Pathogen Name

Describe what it looks like
Most common victims?
Damage / Injury / # victims?
Weapons against it?


1)  Please give me the top 5 most dangerous "criminals" from the above list:

  1. (1st most dangerous) _____________________________
  2. (2nd most dangerous)_____________________________
  3. (3rd most dangerous)_____________________________
  4. (4th most dangerous)_____________________________
  5. (5th most dangerous)_____________________________

2)  Please give me the top most outstanding posters:

  1. (1st place)_____________________________
  2. (2nd place)_____________________________
  3. (3rd place)_____________________________
  4. (4th place)_____________________________
  5. (5th place)_____________________________