Tickborne Diseases (by LabCE)

2 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 1,163 customer ratings)

Lynda Britton, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSM
Reviewer: Marcia Firmani, PhD, MSPH, MT(ASCP)

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Tickborne infections are the most important of vectorborne diseases in the United States (US). Because tickborne diseases are so difficult to diagnose, deaths and morbidity occur. This course will review the life cycle, geographical ranges, and identification of ticks involved in human diseases. The organisms that cause tickborne diseases will be discussed, to include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human monotropic ehrlichiosis and granulotropic anaplasmosis, tularemia, babesiosis, southern tick-associated rash illness, tickborne relapsing fever, Colorado tick fever, and other rare and emerging tickborne diseases. Numerous case studies about tickborne diseases are also presented.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 2 hour(s)
Course number 578-041-16, approved through 4/30/2018
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Serology/Immunology): 2 hour(s)
Course number 20-547957, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Review the life cycle, geographical ranges, and identification of ticks involved in human diseases.
  • Identify the organisms that cause tickborne diseases, to include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human monotropic ehrlichiosis and granulotropic anaplasmosis, tularemia, babesiosis, southern tick-associated rash illness, tickborne relapsing fever, Colorado tick fever, and rare and emerging tickborne diseases.
  • Recognize the symptoms, pathogenesis, and laboratory diagnosis of the discussed tickborne diseases.
  • Analyze and solve case studies about the tickborne diseases presented.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
      • Introduction
      • Tick Phylogeny and Life Cycle
      • How Ticks Cause Disease
      • Tickborne Diseases
  • Lyme Disease
      • Lyme Disease: Epidemiology
      • Lyme Disease Stage 1: Localized Infection
      • Lyme Disease Stage 2: Early Disseminated Disease
      • Lyme Disease Stage 3: Late Disease
      • Lyme Disease: Diagnosis
  • Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI)
      • Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI)
      • STARI: Clinical Manifestations
      • STARI: When Should it be Suspected?
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)
      • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF): Epidemiology
      • RMSF: Clinical Presentation
      • RMSF: Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
      • Ehrlichiosis: Epidemiology
      • Ehrlichiosis: Clinical Manifestations
      • Ehrlichiosis: Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Anaplasmosis
      • Anaplasmosis: Epidemiology
      • Anaplasmosis: Clinical Manifestations
      • Anaplasmosis: Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Tularemia
      • Tularemia: Epidemiology
      • Tularemia: Clinical Manifestations
      • Tularemia: Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Babesiosis
      • Babesiosis: Epidemiology
      • Babesiosis: Congenital Infections
      • Babesiosis: Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Tickborne Relapsing Fever (TBRF)
      • Tickborne Relapsing Fever (TBRF): Epidemiology
      • Tickborne Relapsing Fever (TBRF): Clinical Manifestations
      • Tickborne Relapsing Fever (TBRF): Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Colorado Tick Fever
      • Colorado Tick Fever: Epidemiology
      • Colorado Tick Fever: Clinical Manifestations
      • Colorado Tick Fever: Laboratory Diagnosis
  • Case Studies
      • Case Study 4, continued
  • Emerging and Rare Tickborne Diseases
      • Emerging and Rare Tickborne Diseases
    • Rickettsia parkeri
      • Rickettsia parkeri
      • Rickettsia Species 364D
    • Borrelia miyamotoi
      • Borrelia miyamotoi
    • Other Ehrlichia Organisms
      • Other Ehrlichia Species
    • Heartland Virus
      • Heartland Virus
    • Powassan Virus
      • Powassan Virus
  • Prevention of Tick Borne Diseases
      • Prevention of Tick Bites
      • Correctly Remove Ticks
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate
 
Intended audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Author information: Lynda Britton, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM SM, received her BS degree in medical technology from the University of Texas at Arlington and her doctorate from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She began her career as a bench microbiologist and worked in several states. Currently, Lynda is the Clinical Coordinator for the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She is a professor and teaches microbiology and molecular diagnosis.
 
Reviewer information: Marcia Firmani, PhD, MSPH, MT(ASCP), earned a PhD in microbiology from the University of California at Berkeley. She received a Master's degree in Science in public health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA and a BS degree in medical technology from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Marcia has been a faculty member in the CLS departments at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA and at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is currently the Director for the Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
 
Course description:  Tickborne infections are the most important of vectorborne diseases in the United States (US). Because tickborne diseases are so difficult to diagnose, deaths and morbidity occur. This course will review the life cycle, geographical ranges, and identification of ticks involved in human diseases. The organisms that cause tickborne diseases will be discussed, to include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human monotropic ehrlichiosis and granulotropic anaplasmosis, tularemia, babesiosis, southern tick-associated rash illness, tickborne relapsing fever, Colorado tick fever, and other rare and emerging tickborne diseases. Numerous case studies about tickborne diseases are also presented.
 

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TBRF-smear/CDC


TBRF illustration CDC Courtesy of Larry Stauffer, Oregon State Public Health Laboratory


R. ricketsii Gimenez .3 x 2 CDC Billie Ruth Bird


Ehrlichia monocytic morula/CDC


Distribution of key tickborne diseases 2010. Courtesy of the CDC.



 
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