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Agents of Bioterrorism: Sentinel Laboratory Training

  • Hinton State Laboratory Institute 305 South Street Boston, MA, 02130 United States (map)

Program Description

This program is designed to provide timely information to help clinical laboratorians understand their role in the Laboratory Response Network as they rule-out organisms and serve as sentinels for persons who may fallill due  to a bioterrorism or naturally occurring event. An overview of the clinical laboratory’s role in the presumptive identification of bioterrorism agents such as: anthrax, plague, tularemia, brucellosis, glanders and melioidosis are discussed.  Laboratory demonstrations and hands-on learning exercises will outline the microbiology of these agents so that participants can recognize the culture, staining and biochemical characteristics. The biosafety implications of handling suspected organisms in clinical isolates will also be emphasized.

Program Objectives

At the completion of this program participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the clinical laboratorian in the presumptive identification of organisms targeted for use in bioterrorism.
  • Understand the safety implications of handling suspected pathogenic organ- isms in clinical specimens and isolates.
  • Recognize culture, staining, and bio- chemical characteristics of critical agents
  • Describe the process for contacting the MA State Public Health Laboratory (MA SPHL) and transporting suspected organisms to the SLI.

Registration Information

There is no fee for this program. To register, please complete and fax the attached registra- tion form to 617-983-6887. An electronic con- firmation with detailed directions and parking information will be sent. For additional infor- mation please call: Cynthia Condon, LRN Coordinator at 617-983-6675.

Sponsored by:

Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory (MA SPHL)


In Cooperation with the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (NEB-ASM)

Program Agenda

8:00       Registration/Pre-test

8:30       Welcome & Introductions

8:45       LRN /Bioterrorism Response Lab

9:20      Agents of Bioterrorism (Part 1)

  • Bacillus anthracis  (Anthrax)
  • Brucella species (Brucellosis)
  • Burkholderia mallei (Glanders)
  • Burkholderia pseudomallei (Melioidosis)
  • Francisella tularensis (Tularemia)
  • Yersinia pestis (Plague)

10:50     Break

11:00     Agents of Bioterrorism (Part 2)

  • Viruses
  • Clostridium botulinum (Botulism)

11:45     Group Lunch

12:30     Biosafety in the Sentinel Lab 1:30Laboratory Wet Workshop

3:30       Summary/Post-test/Evaluation

Continuing Education

The Northeast branch of the American Society for Microbiology (NEB-ASM) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). This continuing medical laboratory education activity is recognized by the ASCP as meeting the criteria for 6.0 CMLE credit.

Special Needs

IncompliancewiththeAmericans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations should notify Cynthia Condon, LRN Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the workshop. Call 617-983-6675.