Disciplines: Respiratory Therapy
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Amanda L. Roby, MHHS, RRT, RPSGT, RST
  • George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM)
Peer Reviewer(s): David Chang, EdD, RRT-NPS
Item#: V7251
Contents: 1 Course Book (70 pages)

Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # V7251
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: October 7, 2016

Expiration Date: July 28, 2018

Over the past three decades, at least 40 newly recognized diseases have been added to the global burden of endemic infectious diseases. Moreover, strains of many known pathogens have emerged in more virulent forms. This course discusses some of the newer, relatively unknown bacteria- and virus-caused infectious diseases, as well as selected recurring ones and their causes.


Course Objectives

  • Define a pathogen, describe what virulence factors are, and explain the role they play in a disease process.
  • Describe features of and factors contributing to the re-emergence of diseases and emergence of new diseases.
  • Define zoonoses and their importance.
  • Describe the nature of antibiotic resistance.
  • Describe the properties, symptoms, transmission, risk factors, and control of the bacterial diseases methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), community-associated (acquired) methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), Clostridium difficile, Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD), and Haemophilus influenzae.
  • Describe the properties, symptoms, transmission, risk factors, and control of the viral diseases avian (bird) influenza (H5N1), human metapneumovirus (hMPV), coronaviruses, bocavirus (HboV), swine-origin influenza type A (H1N1), Ebola fever (EVD), and Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV, also known as HHV-8).


Amanda L. Roby, MHHS, RRT, RPSGT, RST, is the director of clinical education for the BSRC and PSG programs as well as an assistant professor for the Master of Respiratory Care program at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH. Areas of research interest include healthcare management, respiratory care fundamentals, polysomnography, and higher education of healthcare professionals. She currently is the president of the Ohio Sleep Society Board of Directors, serves on the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC) program planning committee, AAST Standards and Guidelines Committee, and is an active member of the AARC and CoBGRTE. Her experience as a registered polysomnography technologist and registered respiratory therapist leaves her with global understanding of the purpose of the respiratory and polysomnography professions. Amanda L. Roby can be contacted at alroby@ysu.edu. 

George A. Wistreich, PhD, F(AAM), was 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 co-authored 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 (SB&F).


David Chang, EdD, RRT-NPS, is a professor in the Department of Cardiorespiratory Care at the University of South Alabama, Mobile. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), National Board for Respiratory Care, and Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang’s special interests are in research and mechanical ventilation. He has published five textbooks and developed an open source website, Rtexam.com, for students and practitioners. Dr. Chang conducts training sessions for students and educators at the state, national, and international levels.

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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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