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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Bioterrorism - B320018
Title: Bioterorismus
Guaranteed by: Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (320)
Faculty: Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:2
E-Credits: summer s.:2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: Častorálová Markéta Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : N320084
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Annotation -
The course focuses on the most important representatives of all pathogenic microorganisms that can be used as biological weapons. Each group of selected pathogens will be characterized in detail and their risks will be assesed. The course also pays attention to the defense and protection against bio-weapons and to the bioterrorism legislation.
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel (23.01.2018)
Aim of the course -

Students will be able to:

  • characterize representatives of microorganisms that can be used as biological weapons,
  • distinguish between potentially dangerous pathogens, usable in bioterrorism and other pathogens,
  • assess the risks associated with the use of specific pathogens in bioterrorism,
  • evaluate the strategy leading to the suppression of the risks associated with the use of pathogens as biological weapons and know how to defend against them.
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel (23.01.2018)
Literature -

R: Bronze M.S.: Biodefense: Principles and Pathogens, Horizon Bioscience, 2005.


Last update: Častorálová Markéta (16.09.2023)
Learning resources - Infekční lékařství

Last update: Častorálová Markéta (17.09.2023)
Syllabus -

1. Definition, terminology and classification of biological weapons. Legislation - international treaties. Pathogenicity and virulence.

2. Host defence, specific and non-specific immunity. Antimicrobial agents.

3. Vaccines and vaccination. Research and development of vaccines and antimicrobials.

4. History of the use of biological weapons.

5. Bacillus anthracis - anthrax. Yersinia pestis - plague.

6. Francisella tularensis - tularemia. Brucella - brucellosis. Burkholderia

7. Rickettsia prowazekii - spotted fever, Chlamydia, Staphylococcus

8. Bioterrorism in food and drinking water - Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia, Vibrio.

9. Viral hemorrhagic fevers. Poxviruses - smallpox virus.

10. Paramyxoviridae, Bunyaviridae, Flaviviridae. Coronaviridae - SARS.

11. Other microorganisms potentially usable in bioterrorism.

12. Clostridium perfringens - epsilon toxin. Clostridium botulinum - botulism, Ricin toxin. Other toxins.

13. Strategies and procedures for the development of new biological weapons.

14. Personal protection and defence against bioterrorism. Information sources - threat monitoring, attack detection.

Last update: Častorálová Markéta (17.09.2023)
Registration requirements -

Course of microbiology, biology, biochemistry.

Last update: Častorálová Markéta (16.09.2023)
Course completion requirements -

Written exam

Last update: Častorálová Markéta (16.09.2023)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 0.5 14
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 0.5 14
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1 28
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