The course consists of a Virtual Bioterrorism Workshop. In this interactive workshop you will determine whether to rule out or refer several organisms that are considered potential agents of bioterrorism by applying Laboratory Response Network protocols for Level A (sentinel) laboratories. When a possible agent of bioterrorism cannot be ruled out, you will view a video describing the clinical presentation and etiology of the agent.
Laboratorians who handle biological and microbiological samples in clinical, reference, public health, animal, research or teaching laboratories.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Rule out or refer organisms using approved Laboratory Response Network protocols for Level A (sentinel) laboratories.
- Select the appropriate tests to use in determining whether to rule out or refer an organism.
- Describe the notification processes if a presented organism cannot be ruled out as a potential agent of bioterrorism.
- Describe the etiology and clinical presentation of the organisms reviewed.
Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals
Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills
- 1A3. Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
- 1A5. Selects valid and reliable data
- 1A6. Selects comparable data (e.g., data being age-adjusted to the same year, data variables across datasets having similar definitions)
- 1A8. Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
- 1A9. Describes public health applications of quantitative and qualitative data
- 1A14. Describes how evidence (e.g., data, findings reported in peer-reviewed literature) is used in decision making
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts
Dr. Mike Pentella, PhD
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Creation and/or update
July 19, 2013