Malaria (by LabCE)

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

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Author: Timothy Walls, M.D., M.S.
Reviewer: Margaret Reinhart, M.S., MT(ASCP)

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This course introduces the reader to the different organisms responsible for malarial disease. The life cycles of the malarial causing organisms and the vectors of transmission are discussed in detail as well as the clinical manifestations for each type of infection. The course presents the current and emerging diagnosis techniques along with current treatment options for malarial disease.

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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 578-019-19, approved through 1/31/2021
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology): 2 hour(s)
Course number 20-650793, approved through 9/1/2022

Objectives

  • Identify the different Plasmodium species and their geographic distribution
  • Compare and contrast the life cycles and modes of transmission of different Plasmodium species
  • Recognize the clinical manifestation of parasitic infection with Plasmodium
  • Explain the current and emerging techniques for diagnosis of infection with Plasmodium
  • Review the treatment for malarial disease

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Course Outline

  • Introduction to Malaria
      • Overview of Blood and Tissue Parasites
      • Plasmodium History - Ancient Times
      • Plasmodium History - Modern Times
  • Identification of the different Plasmodium species and their geographic distribution
      • Malarial Parasites
      • Overview of Plasmodium species
      • Geographic Distribution of Dominant or Potentially Important Malaria Vectors
  • Life Cycles, Modes of Transmission, and Clinical Manifestations of the Different Plasmodium Species
      • Plasmodium Life Cycle
    • Plasmodium falciparum
      • Plasmodium falciparum
      • Plasmodium falciparum - Life Cycle
      • Plasmodium falciparum - Life Cycle, continued
      • Plasmodium falciparum - Life Cycle, continued
      • Plasmodium falciparum ring forms
      • Plasmodium falciparum schizont and gametocyte forms
    • Plasmodium malariae
      • Plasmodium malariae
      • Plasmodium malariae ring and band forms
      • Plasmodium malariae gametocyte and schizont
    • Plasmodium vivax
      • Plasmodium vivax
      • Plasmodium vivax ring and schizont forms
      • Plasmodium vivax gametocyte
    • Plasmodium ovale
      • Plasmodium ovale
      • Plasmodium ovale ring and schizont forms
      • Plasmodium ovale gametocyte
    • Plasmodium knowlesi
      • Plasmodium knowlesi
      • Plasmodium knowlesi ring and schizont forms
      • Plasmodium knowlesi gametocyte
  • Current and Emerging Techniques for Diagnosis of Infection with Plasmodium
      • Diagnosis of Malaria
      • Diagnosis of Malaria - Thick Smears
      • Diagnosis of Malaria - Thin Smears
      • Diagnosis of Malaria - Rapid Diagnostic Tests
      • Diagnosis of Malaria - Molecular Testing
  • Treatment for Malarial Disease
      • Treatment of Malaria
      • Treatment of Malaria, continued
      • Eradication of Malaria
  • Conclusion
      • Summary
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic to intermediate 

Intended audience:  This course is intended for microbiology bench technicians and technologists, supervisors, and administrators. 

Course Description:  This course introduces the reader to the different organisms responsible for malarial disease. The life cycles of the malarial causing organisms and the vectors of transmission are discussed in detail as well as the clinical manifestations for each type of infection. The course presents the current and emerging diagnosis techniques along with current treatment options for malarial disease.

Author information: Timothy Walls, M.D., M.S., is an AP/CP boarded pathologist. He has completed fellowships in medical microbiology as well as molecular genetic pathology. Currently he is the Director of Clinical Laboratories at Sentara Reference Laboratories. Timothy has earned his B.S. in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Tennessee, his M.S. in Forensic Science at Drexel University and his M.D. from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Reviewer information: Margaret Reinhart MS, MT(ASCP) is the MLS Program Director and Senior lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia PA where she teaches hematology, clinical immunology, parasitology and other related courses. She is also adjunct instructor in Hematology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA. She holds a Master's Degree in Biology and in Health Care Administration.

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