Interview Questions for West Nile Virus
Scenario: This is one of the hottest and rainiest seasons in 5 years. Some of the media news stations are reporting animals (livestock and wild birds) dying, and also people hospitalized and dying from West Nile Virus in your state/country. News reports have been frightening the public, and the news station has asked for you, a public health expert from the state/local health department, to record a news brief. The news channel has prepared a list of questions for you to answer in your news brief.
Record a 3-5 minute video response to these questions as you would want it to appear on the television news. Also prepare a written transcript of your video narration in a Word document and include it with your assignment.
1. Please identify your name, where you work and your title. (Provide your real name but you can use a fictitious workplace and title if you wish)
2. What is West Nile Virus? Where does it come from and how does it spread?
3. How many cases of West Nile virus are identified in this locality in an average year?
4. What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus?
5. How many people who get West Nile Virus will usually die from it (mortality rate)?
6. Who are the most susceptible people?
7. Once you have been exposed, are you immune to West Nile Virus?
8. What should people do to protect themselves?
9. What is the state/local government doing to protect its citizens from West Nile Virus (or what should it be doing)?
10. What are the options to control mosquitoes and are these options all safe and effective?