Master's degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology

Emerging infective diseases

Course code
4S003663
Name of lecturer
Annarita Mazzariol
Coordinator
Annarita Mazzariol
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
MED/07 - MICROBIOLOGY AND CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY
Language of instruction
English
Period
II semestre dal Mar 2, 2020 al Jun 12, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to understand the biological, environmental, cultural, processing etc that underlie the emergence of new infections and their spread. The molecular aspects of microorganisms that emerge as new agents of infection are also analysed. It is also considered the re-emerging microorganisms that appeared to be public health problems resolved.

Syllabus

General concepts that lead to the emergence of new microorganisms as infectious agents.
Microorganisms multi-drug resistant as the main emerging public health problem.
Mechanism of action of antibiotics.
Mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics.
Main multi-resistant microorganisms.
General characteristics, virulence factors, molecular mechanisms, clinical manifestations of bacteria and their emerging infections:
Enterobacteriaceae and Escherichia coli O157-H7;
Cholera and Vibrio cholerae O139;
Helicobacter;
Campylobacter;
Clostridium difficile;
Legionella;
Borellia and Lyme disease
Mycobacteria and tubercolosis
General characteristics, virulence factors, molecular mechanisms, clinical manifestations of viruses and their emerging Infections:
Influenza virus and avian flu;
Ebola virus and hemorrhagic fever viruses,
Encephalitis viruses: zika, chikungunia, West Nile virus etc,
Virus hepatitis B and C,
HIV and Retrovirus,
Coronavirus:
SARS-CoV MERS-CoV.
General characteristics, virulence factors, molecular mechanisms, clinical manifestations of parasites and their emerging infections:
Malaria and Plasmodium knowlesi,
Prions and prion diseases.
Microorganisms considered potential bioterrorist agents

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Beltz LA Emerging Infectious Diseases. A guide to diseases, causative agents and surveillance Wiley 2011

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination with three open questions about the topics discussed.
Each response will be evaluated with one to ten score depending on the degree of completeness.
Each response must have a score of at least 6
The final vote will be given by the sum of the three votes





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