Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Prion Diseases), Including Classic and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
The goal of this course is to define mad cow and prion diseases, to explain the effects on both animals and humans, as well as to outline the manner of infection, preventive measures, and the problems associated with controlling outbreaks.

Course Publication Date: July 06, 2013

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Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:TSE060413
Contact Hours:5.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Leadership & Case Management
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pediatric Medicine

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Learning Objectives
  • Define and explain transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs).
  • Explain the characteristics of a prion and how they cause disease.
  • List and explain 4 ways in which people develop TSEs.
  • List and discuss 5 different human TSEs
  • Explain at least 4 differences between classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and the variant form.
  • Discuss diagnostic procedures.
  • Explain precautions necessary for healthcare workers.
  • List and discuss 4 different TSEs found in animals.
  • Explain how bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) developed and transmitted to humans as vCJD.
  • Discuss Chronic Wasting Disease and the threat it may pose to humans.
  • Discuss issues related to trave, cosmetics, and food.
  • Explain efforts the US has made to prevent the spread of prion diseases.


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