163-Online: Introduction to Infectious Diseases – Section 1 of “Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Microbial Intoxications”


Contact Hours (Points): 4

This self-study course will serve as an introduction to the adverse effects that microorganisms (microbes) have on the human body. These effects are divided into two major subdivisions: infectious diseases and microbial intoxications. This course we discuss only infectious diseases. Briefly stated, infectious diseases involve pathology that occurs following colonization of the body by a disease-causing microbe or pathogen (i.e., pathology resulting from the actual presence of the pathogen on or in the body). This course was updated in 2013. The exam to the entire course is unchanged.

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Introduction to Infectious Diseases – Section 1 of “Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Microbial Intoxications”

Self-Study 163 – Basic Level

Contact Hours (Points): 4

Written by Paul G. Engelkirk PhD and Janet Duben-Engelkirk EdD.

Revised and Updated by Robert C. Fader, PhD, D(ABMM).

1999. Updated 2013 (Exam is unchanged).

Online – 163: Course Taken Online: $48.00 BUY NOW

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Pathogens; Cellular Pathogens; Acellular Pathogens; Indigenous Microflora and Opportunistic Pathogens; Infection” versus “Infectious Disease”; The Four Periods or Phases of an Infectious Disease; Localized versus Systemic Infections; Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Diseases; Symptoms of a Disease versus Signs of a Disease; Latent Infections; Primary versus Secondary Infections; The Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases; Virulence; Virulence Factors (Attributes That Enable Pathogens to Escape Destruction and Cause Disease); Attachment; Receptors and Adhesins; Bacterial Fimbriae (Pili); Intracellular Survival Mechanisms; Obligate Intracellular Pathogens; Capsules; Flagella; Exoenzymes; Necrotizing Enzymes; Coagulase; Kinases; Hyaluronidase; Collagenase; Hemolysins; Lecithinase; Toxins; Mechanisms by Which Pathogens Escape the Immune Response; Antigenic Variation; Camouflage and Molecular Mimicry; Destruction of Antibodies; Resistance to Antimicrobial Agents; Epidemiology; Epidemiologic Terminology; The Chain of Infection; Reservoirs of Infection; Zoonoses; Human Carriers; Inanimate Reservoirs; Modes of Transmission; Nosocomial Infections; Standard Precautions; Transmission-Based Precautions; Reverse Isolation