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Ch 11: Blood-borne Bacterial Diseases

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Watch fun and engaging online video lessons, and learn about the different aspects of blood-borne bacterial diseases. Use the self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of the material.

Blood-borne Bacterial Diseases - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

When you get sick, your doctor's first goal is to determine what caused your illness. In some cases, you may have a common illness, like strep throat or a cold, and the doctor will know right away what caused the problem. Knowing the cause of your illness then enables the doctor to prescribe the correct course of treatment that will cure you. However, sometimes, discovering the cause of an illness isn't so simple. Your doctor may need to draw blood. This is often the case if you are suffering from an illness caused by a blood-borne bacteria. Such bacteria and the diseases they cause are the focus of this lesson. You'll learn about the different bacteria and how they can cause illness. In addition, you will learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses caused by blood-borne bacteria. Some of the illnesses you will learn about include:

  • Lyme disease
  • Tularemia
  • Spotted fever
  • Q fever
  • Bubonic plague
  • Toxic shock syndrome

VideoObjective
Lyme Disease: Infections of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia afzelii Learn more about Lyme disease to find out how it is spread and how it can be prevented.
Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Study Lyme disease's symptoms and treatment.
Tularemia: Infections Caused by Francisella tularensis Take a look at the disease called tularemia.
Spotted Fevers: Symptoms of Rickettsia Infections Find out about the different types of spotted fever.
Typhus fevers: Rickettsia Carried by Lice, Fleas, Mites & Chiggers Examine typhus fevers and how they are caused.
Q Fever: Infection Caused by Coxiella burnetii Explore how Q fever is caused.
Bubonic & Pneumonic Plague: Disease Cause by Yersinia pestis Discover the diseases caused by Yersinia pestis.
Plague: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Learn about the symptoms and treatments for the plagues caused by Yersinia pestis.
Toxic Shock Syndrome: Symptoms & Causes Study what causes toxic shock syndrome.
Human Ehrlichiosis: Causes, Symptom, Treatment & Prevention Take a look at human ehrlichiosis.
Human Anaplasmosis: Causes, Symptom, Treatment & Prevention Find out about human anaplasmosis.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: Blood-borne Bacterial Diseases
Lyme Disease: Infections of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia afzelii

1. Lyme Disease: Infections of Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia afzelii

In this lesson, you will learn about a disease with great notoriety in the eastern United States, Lyme disease. Learn about what causes this disease, the epidemiology, and prevention.

Tularemia: Infections Caused by Francisella tularensis

2. Tularemia: Infections Caused by Francisella tularensis

Unless you breed rabbits or are a World War II history buff, you have probably never heard of the bacteria Francisella tularensis. In this lesson, we will discuss this species and the illness it can cause in humans called tularemia.

Spotted Fevers: Symptoms of Rickettsia Infections

3. Spotted Fevers: Symptoms of Rickettsia Infections

You can catch a lot of diseases through tick bites. In this lesson we will look at one class of tick-borne disease, spotted fevers, caused by bacteria in the genus Rickettsia.

Typhus Fevers and Rickettsia

4. Typhus Fevers and Rickettsia

Typhus fever is arguably the most historically important disease you've never heard of. In this lesson, I will attempt to shed some light on this deadly disease and provide some basics on the bacterium that causes it: Rickettsia.

Q Fever: Infection Caused by Coxiella burnetii

5. Q Fever: Infection Caused by Coxiella burnetii

Have you ever heard of Q fever? If you're interested in witnessing the miracle of birth, you might want to educate yourself on the bacteria, Coxiella burnetii, the causative agent of Q fever.

Bubonic & Pneumonic Plague: Disease Caused by Yersinia pestis

6. Bubonic & Pneumonic Plague: Disease Caused by Yersinia pestis

Most students learn about plague in history class due its huge impact on human history. In this, the first of two lessons on plague, we will look at the disease from a microbiological perspective, focusing on the causative agent: Yersinia pestis.

Plague: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

7. Plague: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

In this lesson, we will examine plague, more widely known as Black Death, including the three major types of plague, the most common symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Toxic Shock Syndrome: Symptoms & Causes

8. Toxic Shock Syndrome: Symptoms & Causes

I'm sure most women have heard of toxic shock syndrome. But do you know what actually causes it? In this lesson we will explore the bacterial cause and common symptoms of this potentially serious illness.

Human Ehrlichiosis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

9. Human Ehrlichiosis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

It wouldn't be a surprise if you've never heard of ehrlichiosis. In this lesson, we will investigate this emerging disease caught from infected ticks, the bacteria responsible for symptoms, and what you can do to avoid becoming the next victim.

Human Anaplasmosis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

10. Human Anaplasmosis: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

Most people have heard of Lyme disease, which is caught through tick bites. But there are many, much more obscure diseases you can get from ticks. In this lesson, we will examine the specifics of one of these diseases: anaplasmosis.

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