Question: Tom was backpacking in the wilderness. While pitching a tent, he
tripped and fell toward a branch…


Tom was backpacking in the wilderness. While pitching a tent, he
tripped and fell toward a branch of a dead tree. In an attempt to
break his fall, he extended his arm and sustained a puncture wound
to his right palm. Although the wound hurt and bled, he felt it
wasn’t serious and went to sleep. The next morning he noticed his
hand was swollen, red, and warm. Later that day (after hiking) it
hurt even more and now a yellow discharge was oozing from the
wound. He felt tired, his body ached, and he was developing a
fever. A few days later, he felt worse and the redness was
spreading up his arm. He was too sick to travel so he stayed at
camp with some friends and waited until he started to get better.
When he went to the ER the doctor diagnosed a recovering bacterial
infection and prescribed antibiotics. Would it seem that Tom’s
infection reflected a primary or secondary response to the
offending bacteria? Defend your answer.

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