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- Distinguish among diseases that are sporadic, endemic, or pandemic in occurrence.
- Discuss the common features of emerging diseases and examples of factors contributing to the emergence of new diseases.
- Define zoonosis and discuss their importance as well as factors that increase zoonotic threats to humans.
- Describe the general properties of viruses.
- Describe the general characteristic properties of viral pathogens including Nipah virus, coronaviruses, metapneumoviruses, norovirus, Chikungunya, and influenza viruses.
- Describe the morphology, classification, and the means of transmission of viral pathogens including Nipah virus, coronaviruses, metapneumoviruses, norovirus, mimivirus, Chikungunya virus, and influenza viruses.
- Discuss the nature of influenza virus variations and its relationship to influenza epidemics.
- Describe the epidemiology factors associated with emerging and reemerging viruses such as Nipah virus, coronaviruses (SARS), metapneumoviruses, norovirus, Chikungunya virus, and influenza viruses.
- Briefly explain how new strains of existing influenza viruses come into being.
- Discuss the respective groups at risk and risk factors for viral diseases such as those caused by Nipah virus, coronaviruses (SARS), metapneumoviruses, norovirus, Chikungunya virus, and influenza viruses.
- Distinguish between adverse reactions and adverse events in cases of immunizations.
- Briefly discuss the relationship between vaccinia virus and eczema vaccination.
George A. Wistreich, Ph.D., F(AAM). George Wistreich is professor of Life Sciences, and currently Chair of Life Sciences and Director of Allied Health Sciences at East Los Angeles College where he has taught for over 35 years. Previously, he was 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.
Wistreich received a B.A. degree in Bacteriology from U.C.L.A., a Masters degree in Infectious Diseases from U.C.L.A. Medical School, and a Ph.D. in Bacteriology from the University of Southern California. He continued his research studies with the aid of an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship. Currently he 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 over 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 and Films.
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