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Description: Each of these intermediate-level, interactive online course modules reviews a component of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) protocols for bioterrorism agent identification. The modules include case studies, real-life laboratory scenarios and links to resource information. Course materials may be used as part of a laboratory’s competency assessment program for terrorism preparedness. Updated for 2014, the six course modules are listed below.

 

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Anthrax

This module has been developed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of anthrax.

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Biosecurity

This module has been developed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with information about laboratory biosecurity.

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Brucella

This module has been developed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of Brucella.

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Burkholderia

This module has been developed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of Burkholderia.

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Plague

This module has been developed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of Plague.

Biological Terrorism Training for Sentinel Laboratories: Tularemia

This module has been developed to provide clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of Tularemia.

Audience: These online course modules are designed for public health and clinical laboratorians, safety professionals and persons interested in the laboratory’s role in bioterrorism preparedness.

Objectives: At the conclusion of this course series the participant will be able to:

  • List potential bioterrorism agents that must be reported to public health authorities, and explain the role of the clinical laboratory in detecting these organisms in clinical specimens.
  • Discuss standardized laboratory tests used to isolate and identify Bacillus anthracis, Brucella spp, Burkholderia spp, Yersinia pestis, Francisella tularensis, and explain how to use these tests to rule out or refer isolates.
  • Define biosecurity, including threats, vulnerabilities and relationship to biosafety.
  • Explain how to conduct a laboratory biosecurity risk assessment and use the results to formulate a complete biosecurity plan.
    Identify appropriate reference resources.

Continuing Education: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Training Branch is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. Each course is approved for 1.5 contact hours.

Each course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours in the category of Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology for Florida Laboratory Licensees.



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  • Page last reviewed: February 10, 2014
  • Page last updated: March 24, 2014
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