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Disciplines: Speech-Language Pathology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
  • Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST
  • Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP
Peer Reviewer(s): Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS
Item#: O2520
Contents: 1 Course Book (58 pages)

Virus Infections: Persistent and Emerging

Price $19.95
Item # O2520
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 6, 2018

Expiration Date: August 25, 2020

Emerging and re-emerging viral infections continue to pose significant threats and challenges to human well-being globally. SLPs in all settings are responsible for infection control; understanding what infections are and how they are transmitted. The convergence of these known and other less known viruses contributes to a variety of factors that enables them to expand their spectrum of activity. Such factors include mutations, the development of environmental conditions that help to spread the disease agents, the availability of an ever increasing range of susceptible hosts, and the lack of effective laboratory detection testing methods. An awareness of these factors together with current knowledge of their existence and effects is essential to control and prevention.


This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate-Level, Related Area)

Course Objectives

  • Distinguish among diseases that are sporadic, endemic, or pandemic in occurrence.
  • Discuss the common causes and features of emerging diseases.
  • Describe the general properties of viruses.
  • Describe the general characteristic properties, virology, means of transmission, epidemiological
    factors, clinical features, populations at risk, treatment, prevention, and control of:
    • influenza viruses
    • human bocavirus
    • metapneumovirus
    • Nipah and Hendra viruses
    • coronaviruses
    • severe acute respiratory syndrome
    • Middle East respiratory syndrome
    • norovirus
    • viral hemorrhagic fevers and Ebola
    • vector-borne viruses
Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST, is an associate research professor and program director in the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Schools of Allied Health and Medicine at Loma Linda University and Program Director of Doctoral Studies in Health Sciences at Trident University. She is also an adjunct researcher and advisor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, as well as the founder of Tranquility Community Health. Dr. Marin received a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside; 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.
Amy Hasselkus, MA, CCC-SLP, is a licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. Amy obtained her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Georgia and accepted a position in a hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she provided services to children and adults with speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. She then worked for 11 years at the ASHA, where she assisted in the development of resources for speech-language pathologists on a variety of clinical and professional issues. Amy earned a second master’s degree in communication (with a focus on health communication) from George Mason University and now teaches as an adjunct instructor at George Mason University and a local community college. Amy also contributes to continuing education programs for speech-language pathologists.
Financial – The authors received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work.
Nonfinancial – The authors have no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.

Beth Eliot, MS, RRT-NPS, is an independent facilitator for patient advocacy for the underprivileged in her immediate community. She received a 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 as a clinical instructor at Victor Valley College.



Financial – The peer reviewer received an honorarium from Western Schools for this work.

Nonfinancial – The peer reviewer have no other relevant financial or nonfinancial interests to disclose.

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