Learning outcomes of the course unit
Acquisition of the essential knowledge about the general characters of etiologic agents of infectious diseases (bacteria, fungi, helminths, protozoa, viruses), host-pathogen interactions and pathogenesis of infectious diseases, prophylaxis and therapy (notes), drug-resistance mechanisms, nosocomial infections.
Course contents summary
Introduction: microorganisms and viruses. 1. Virology. Morphological and structural characteristics of viruses. Viral replicative cycle. Virus cultivation. Common human viral diseases. 2. Bacteriology. The general characters of bacteria. Host-microbe interactions. Normal flora of humans. Microbial pathogenicity. Important pathogenic bacteria. Antimicrobial agents. 3. Parasitology. The general characters of protozoa. Common human protozoa infecting tissues and blood, intestinal and uro-genital tracts. Helminths (notes). 4. Mycology. General characters of fungi. Classification of mycoses. Common human mycoses. Antifungal agents. 5. Laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases. Pre-analytical phase: sample collection. Detection and identification of the etiologic agent. Antibody detection. Methods for antibacterial and antifungal susceptibility testing.
Harvey R.A., Champe P.C., Fisher B.D. Le basi della microbiologia Con approfondimenti clinici. Zanichelli
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