Anthrax: A Bioterrorist Weapon 2nd Edition - V7234


About Course #V7234

Expiration Date: October 16, 2019

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.

About the Author(s)

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. 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. 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.

Traci Marin, PhD, MPH, RRT, RPGST 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.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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