This game is designed to illustrate the complexity of viral infections that involve different vectors and hosts. Students play either a mosquito (vector) or one of several hosts—robin, blue jay, crow, horse, or human—to simulate how infection by West Nile virus spreads. Each student playing a host is given a playing card that explains his or her role. The student is then responsible for acting out the results of West Nile infection as described on the playing card.
The downloadable cards and educator materials are also available in Spanish.