Yersinia pestis


This course provides clinical laboratory scientists with information about the laboratory identification of Yersinia pestis. The goal is to assist clinical laboratory scientists in better recognizing potential bioterrorism agents they may encounter during routine laboratory work-ups of sputum, blood and aspirate/biopsy specimens. Laboratory managers may consider using this course to:

  • Assess staff competency in performing laboratory procedures accurately
  • Determine if staff are referring specimens for test confirmations correctly

At the conclusion of this eLearning, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the basic epidemiology and ecology of Yersinia pestis
  • List important aspects of biosafety in working with Y. pestis in the laboratory
  • Outline the role of the LRN sentinel laboratory in the detection of Y. pestis
  • Apply various laboratory tests that are used to presumptively identify Y. pestis
  • Use sentinel laboratory protocols to rule rut or refer isolates for the identification of Y. pestis
Continuing Education Units (CEU)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Laboratory Systems, Laboratory Training and Services Branch, is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour of P.A.C.E. ® credit.

P.A.C.E.® Course Number: 288-015-17

This course is approved for 1.0 contact hour in the category Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology for Florida Laboratory Licensees.

Florida Course Number: 20-515736

More Information

Bioterrorism Preparedness Training For Sentinel Laboratories: Yersinia pestispdf icon

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Length of Course

1 Hour

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Credits Offered


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Delivery Method

On-demand eLearning

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Page last reviewed: July 30, 2018