Online Fall 2014 Scientific Session 304-112-14: What Laboratorians Need to Know About the Ebola Virus Disease


Scientific Session 304-112-14: What Laboratorians Need to Know About the Ebola Virus Disease

Program Area: Virology
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 1.0

Description: This lecture will describe the classification and basic virology of the Ebola virus.  The history of Ebola virus outbreaks and the epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical aspects, including laboratory abnormalities and diagnostic tests, of Ebola virus disease will be presented. Lastly, safety issues for laboratory personnel handling specimens from suspected Ebola patients will be discussed with a review of the most recent CDC recommendations.


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the classification, structure, basic genetics and the viral proteins of the Ebola virus and understand how these viral proteins induce disease in humans (pathogenesis).

2. Describe the epidemiology of Ebola virus including geographic features, reservoirs, vectors, incubation period, mode of transmission, and mortality rates in humans.

3. Describe the clinical features of Ebola virus disease including laboratory abnormalities and laboratory diagnostic tests currently in use.

4. Know the current CDC recommendations for laboratory personnel.


Additional Information

PDF icon 304 112 14 Campbell Ebola.pdf2.93 MB
Course summary
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Teresa Campbell, MD, Pathologist
Associate Professor of Pathology, Medical Director, MLS Program, Lincoln Memorial University

Dr. Campbell has indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity


Available Credit

  • 1.00 Attendance


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