Serological and Molecular Diagnosis of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases

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This seminar will emphasize recent developments related to the serological and molecular diagnosis of vector-borne infectious diseases. Limitations and advantages of diagnostic techniques for Anaplasma, Babesia, Bartonella, Borrelia, Ehrlichia and Rickettsia will be emphasized. A novel pre-enrichment culture system for the enhanced detection of Bartonella infection will also be discussed. Attendees will be able to discuss limitations and advantages of available serological and molecular diagnostic techniques.

Discussion Topics:
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of antibody detection methods for surveillance and diagnosis of vector-borne infectious diseases.
  • Learn how the canine population serves as a sentinel for human exposure of various tick-borne pathogens and discuss the value of annual screening to implement effective prevention.
  • Discuss the role of the veterinarian in preventing tick-borne illness in people and pets and the occupational risks they have in contracting vector-borne illness.
  • Learn how to use different types of PCR tests for the diagnosis and monitoring of vector-borne infections.
  • Based on case examples, understand when each diagnostic method may be most appropriate in the care of a sick patient.