Prion diseases: Are We at Risk?
The purpose of this course is to define prion diseases, to explain the effects on both animals and humans, including classic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, as well as to outline the manner of infection, preventive measures, and the problems associated with controlling outbreaks.

Course Publication Date: March 06, 2019

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Wanda Lockwood RN, BA, MA
Course No:PD022019
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
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 travel, cosmetics, and food.
  • Explain efforts the US has made to prevent the spread of prion diseases.


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