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Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
  • George A. Wistreich, Ph.D., F(AAM)
  • Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST (Revision)
Peer Reviewer(s): Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS
Item#: V7234
Contents: 1 Course Book (44 pages)

Anthrax: A Bioterrorist Weapon, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # V7234
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: October 16, 2019

So far as is known, all primitive and civilized societies have suffered diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Frequently, the results have been disastrous. One of several microbial candidates believed to have great potential as a biological weapon is the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, the cause of the infection anthrax. the threat of bioterrorism has brought anthrax beyond the point of scientific inquiry and has created new challenges for medical and public health professionals. This course presents the currently known properties of Bacillus anthracis and the understanding of the pathogenesis, approaches to diagnosis, prevention and control measures, and treatment of anthrax. Consideration also is given to selected aspects of bioweapons and features of bioterrorism.


Course Objectives

  • Summarize the indications of an intentional release of a biological agent.
  • List the microorganisms in Category A of bioterrorist agents and the criteria for placing microorganisms in Category A.
  • Identify and describe basic patterns of disease occurrence terminology.
  • Describe the general characteristics and habitat of the bacterium Bacillus anthracis.
  • List the components of anthrax exotoxin and the pathogenesis of anthrax.
  • Discuss the means of transmission of anthrax.
  • Distinguish among the five different clinical manifestations of anthrax.
  • Outline the general laboratory approach followed for the diagnosis of anthrax and the medications and approaches used in the treatment of anthrax.
  • Discuss the prevention and control measures used with anthrax, including the type of vaccine and protocol followed to prevent anthrax.

George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM), was a professor of life sciences and the former chair of life sciences and director of allied health sciences at East Los Angeles College, where he taught for more than 35 years. Earlier he had served as a lecturer at the University of Southern California Medical School and California State University, Los Angeles. In 1983 and 1989, he received a Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Educator Award from the Chicanos for Creative Medicine and the East Los Angeles Alumni Association, respectively.


Dr. Wistreich received a bachelor’s degree in bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a ­master’s degree in infectious diseases from the UCLA Medical School, and a doctorate in bacteriology from the University of Southern California. He continued his research studies with the aid of a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship. Currently, Dr. Wistreich is a fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology, Linnean Society of London, Royal Society of Health, and the American Institute of Chemists. He has authored and coauthored more than 65 texts, laboratory manuals, study guides, and instructor’s manuals in the areas of anatomy, microbiology, physiology, sexually transmitted diseases, and medical terminology. He has served as chair of Precollege Education for the American Society of Microbiology for 12 years and is a reviewer for Science Books & Films.


Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST (Revision), is an assistant research professor, program director, and professor for the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine, at Loma Linda University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at Dr. John Shyy’s laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD from the University of California, Riverside, in biochemistry and molecular biology; an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Loma Linda University; a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University; and an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from Victor Valley College.

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is a independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. Beth received her master’s degree in microbiology from Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Loma Linda University, and an AS RT from Victor Valley College. She gained her experience working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in the NICU, PICU, and emergency departments; as an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University; and at Victor Valley College as a clinical instructor.

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