Bioterrorism - B320018
Title: Bioterorismus
Guaranteed by: Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (320)
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:2
E-Credits: summer s.:2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/0 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Level:  
For type: Bachelor's
Guarantor: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : N320084
Examination dates   
Annotation -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (23.01.2018)
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.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (23.01.2018)

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.
Literature -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (23.01.2018)

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

A: Lectures and other materials on www pages of UCT and in electronic studying systém at www.vscht.cz/eso

Learning resources -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (23.01.2018)

http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/MicrobeWiki

http://biomikro.vscht.cz/cz/

Syllabus -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (23.01.2018)

1. Definition, terminology and profiling of biological weapons. Pathogenic microorganisms and their toxins.

2. History of the use of biological weapons. Legislation - international agreements.

3. Host defence, specific and non-specific immunity. Antimicrobials, resistance.

4. Vaccines and vaccinations. Research and development of vaccines and antimicrobials.

5. Spore forming bacteria. Bacillus anthracis - anthrax. Clostridium botulinum - botulism.

6. Francisella tularensis - tularemia. Yersinia pestis - plague.

7. Virus-caused hemorrhagic fevers. Poxviruses - variola virus.

8. Rickettsia prowazekii - typhus, Brucella - brucellosis. Burkholderia, Chlamydia, Staphylococcus.

9. Food and drinking water bioterorism - Salmonella, Shigella, Escherichia, Vibrio.

10. Clostridium perfringens - epsilon toxin, Coxiella - Q fever. Ricine toxin. Alphaviridae - encephalitis.

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

12. Other microorganisms potentially usable in bioterorism.

13. Policies and practices in the development of new biological weapons.

14. Personal protection and defense against bioterrorism. Information sources - threat monitoring, detection of the attack.

Registration requirements -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (24.01.2018)

Course of microbiology, biology, biochemistry.

Course completion requirements -
Last update: Ulbrich Pavel doc. Ing. Ph.D. (24.01.2018)

written and oral part of exam

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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