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Undergraduate Research Showcase

Undergraduate research is the exploration of a specific topic within a field by an undergraduate student that makes an original contribution to the discipline.

Incidence of Diseases Linked to Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and the Need for Alternative Treatments


Michelle MorilloMy name is Michelle Morillo. I am a STEM student currently pursuing a major in Biomedical Sciences at Valencia College, and I am planning to transfer to UCF next year to complete my bachelor's degree. One of my biggest goals is to become a doctor, and my interest in research started thanks to this dream.

Research has always been a subject that caught my attention because I am an extremely curious and science-driven person, always looking for answers to the why behind everything. However, once I chose my degree and got interested in the medical field, I began to feel more and more attracted to it with the pass of time. This research project represents my interests and my passion for science and biology, and it gave me a starting point to involve myself more with research in the future.


ABSTRACT:  The antibiotic resistance of pathogens (such as Streptococcus species) found in wound infections has presented a need for alternative treatments to antibiotics. Studies have shown that medical-grade honey is a potential treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria due to its healing properties. In this research, we analyzed the need for alternative treatments by looking at the incidence of diseases (specifically Toxic Shock Syndrome, Pneumococcal disease, and Salmonellosis) linked to pathogens that commonly cause wound infections. We collected data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and created graphs. Results showed that the incidence values for Toxic Shock Syndrome had a steady elevated rate during the first weeks of the year and two peaks within weeks 30 and 50. Pneumococcal disease also showed a high rate of cases during the first weeks followed by a decrease and finally a high peak during the last weeks. Salmonellosis showed a progressive increase since the first weeks and a high peak of incidence by week 40. The prevalence of diseases that can be caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in wound infection supports future research on the use of medical-grade honey as a potential alternative treatment to antibiotics. 


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Eunice Laurent

Professor of Biology

Poinciana Campus


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