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Biological Sciences

BIO 312: Biology of Infectious Diseases (3)

Prerequisites: BIO 301: Cell Biology

Overview of Viral diseases: Generalized overview of viral infections with emphasis on viral infections with global epidemiological burden including Influenza, AIDS, congenital and arboviral infections. Brief discussion on immunology of viral infections including role of innate, cell mediated and humoral immunity in evasion and clearance of viral infections.

Bacterial infections: Generalized overview of viral infections with emphasis on viral infections with global epidemiological burden including tuberculosis, typhoid, systemic and hospital acquired infections. Brief discussion on immunology of bacterial infections including immune responses to intracellular and extracellular bacteria and evasion on antagonistic mechanisms devised by bacteria to evade such responses. Special note on the contribution of immune responses on bacterial pathogenesis.

Parasitic diseases: Parasitic organisms come in many shapes and sizes, Protozoan parasites account for huge worldwide disease burden. Example of malaria, African sleeping sickness and Leishmaniasis. Epidemiologically prevalent disease associated with Helminths (tape worm, hook worm and filaria)

Fungal Diseases: Generalized overview of fungal infections with emphasis on mycoses. Brief discussion on the role of innate immunity in control of fungal infections.

Emerging and Re-emerging infectious diseases: diseases may re-emerge for various reasons, Overview of some recently appearing fatal diseases. The SARS and Ebola outbreak triggered a rapid international response.

Opportunistic infections: bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal (Classical opportunistic pathogens)

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