I spent the day among the Kaskaskia whose village is just north of ours. Many of the young children are ill. They have a burning fever and are breaking out in a red rash all over their body. When I returned to the mission I was met by the elderly Le Peu who asked me to come and see his wife, Madame Le Peu. She is very ill with a high temperature and the same red rash that I saw on the Indian children. I am worried that if this illness is not contained it will spread to others and soon infect the entire village.
As a group you must decide what to do in this situation:
On paper, list all possible positive and negative outcomes of your decision
- Let everyone in the village know about the illness.
- Try to contain the spread of the illness by placing people and families under quarantine.
- Consult an Indian medicine man and see what he knows about this illness.
- Can you think of another solution?
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