Shauna’s piece was incredible! It was so creative and well presented. I really felt that the Hendra virus had a personality! Her piece had tons of factual information and added a really interesting perspective to the disease. I was very impressed by the amount of detail Shauna fit in and by the way she was able to present it in a fashion that we could sink our teeth into. I particularly like the way in which Shauna skillfully described some of the intricate details by which the Hendra virus infects a horse. Shauna did an amazing job!-Tarah Satalino
Katharine Sharon’s peer review of Shauna Bartholomew’s story:This was a unique and well-developed perspective on the transmission and pathology of Hendra virus. The molecular foundation of transmission – from bat to the entry into small endothelial cells in the horse – was very easy to understand and done in a way that makes it almost impossible to forget. In addition, your description of the progression of Hendra virus in the body of the horse was very educational. Having done a lot of research for my part of the project, it was interesting to read about the pathologic mechanisms of the virus causing the clinical signs I wrote about (e.g., respiratory distress, edema around the throatlatch area, ataxia). You also underscored how truly frightening this virus is when all it takes is an accidental ingestion of secretions from a horse in respiratory distress who may be blowing frothy discharge out of its nose. To think that Hendra virus was only discovered in 1994 – in all of our lifetimes – and how much we have learned in nearly 20 years is amazing, and you were able to capitalize on that knowledge with a creative approach to this virus. One last note, the use of classic movie quotes throughout the informative story was done in such a smart and – somehow – appropriate way that I could not help but smile.
Charlie Alex-This story provides a unique and imaginative take on the process of Hendra virus infection and its effects on the host. The story manages to cover a great deal of information about the natural history and ecology of the virus, the pathogenesis of Hendra virus infection, and the zoonotic potential of the virus. It also emphasizes the novelty of the pathogen, and the serious risks which it causes. The writing is entertaining, effective, and fun, and good visual aids are employed as well. Nice work!
Shauna’s story from the hendra virus’s point of view was both informative and amusing. I loved all of the hidden movie quotes; it brought both personality and character into the virus on a whole new level of fun. With the description of each stage, the infection, the onset, getting worse, and passing on, the rise of the Hendra Virus and the downfall of the horse were excellently explained. The pictures worked well to emphasize key points of the Hendra virus’s story. TERRIFIC WORK!