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Diagnostic Algorithm for Cyclospora

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Course Title:
 Diagnostic Algorithm for Cyclospora

Course Duration: 60 minutes

Course Description & Objectives: Over the past few months, a large outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis has been confirmed in the United States. The diagnosis of Cyclospora cayetanesnsis is based upon the morphologic characteristics of oocysts found in stool specimens. This webinar will address the importance of using fluorescence microscopy for rapid and efficient diagnosis of Cyclospora, the significance of using molecular techniques for confirmatory testing, and the need for epidemiologic surveillance.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the morphological characteristics of Cyclospora cayetanensis..
  • Identify the testing methods available for the diagnosis of Cyclospora.
  • Recognize the importance of positive Cyclospora results and the required relationship with epidemiologic surveillance.

Audience: This basic level, webinar is intended for clinical laboratory managers and supervisors, microbiology managers and supervisors and laboratorians who are responsible for the screening/shipping of potential and/or confirmed select agents to their LRN Reference Laboratories. Reference laboratorians who may assist the clinical laboratories are encouraged to attend.

Course Credits: 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. This program is approved for 1.0 hour of P.A.C.E.® credit.

This course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours in the category Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology for Florida Laboratory Licensees.

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