With an agreement on how the worms ended up in the dog (via the mosquito), we decided in was in our best interest to get info on other dogs. We had lots of questions though about mosquitoes, Susie/Buddy, and other dogs in general, too.
Using map data, we began to see some patterns that exist between various dogs, including the fact that not are there many dogs in the same town that have been infected with heartworm, but the number of cases increases over time.
With all this data, we really wanted to see if a model could help support the mosquito idea we agreed upon for heartworm's transmission. Check out all these ideas students came up with!
With all these ideas to build and test models for heartworm, Mrs. Brinza built and tested a model from students' suggestions!
We're convinced the mosquito plays a role now! Our next steps will be to use more data, but this time data that moves beyond Canine County!
This sick dog unit will culminate the end of the year. Please know that due to the sensitivity with COVID-19 at this time, we launched our unit with a discussion regarding the importance of scientific process when it comes to understanding illness transmission, treatment, and prevention. Stay well, everyone.