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214-08: Agents of Bioterrorism: Sentinel Training for Clinical Laboratories Columbus, GA

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On-site Wet Workshop (588-214-08)


Program Date:        Thursday May 15, 2008

Program Time:        8:30 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time


Location:                  Columbus, GA


Registration Fee:   Free – to Georgia residents – may be limited to two        participants per facility.

                                    $100.00 – to non-Georgia residents


Registration Deadline:  May 7 , 2008



This one-day, advanced-level program will provide an overview of the clinical laboratory’s role in the presumptive identification of primary agents of bioterrorism including anthrax, plague, tularemia, brucellosis, glanders, and melioidosis.  Laboratory demonstrations will outline the microbiology of these agents so that participants can recognize the culture, staining and biochemical characteristics.  The safety implications of handling suspect organisms in clinical isolates and culture and suspect toxins will be emphasized.  Policies related to chain-of-custody specimens will be reviewed.




At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the clinical laboratorian in the presumptive identification of organisms and toxins targeted for use in bioterrorism.
  • Explain the safety implications of handling suspect samples in clinical specimens and isolates.         
  • Recognize culture, staining, and   biochemical characteristics of the primary agents likely to be involved in a bioterrorist event including anthrax, plague, tularemia, brucellosis, and melioidosis.
  • Outline the process for contacting appropriate personnel and transporting samples suspected of containing smallpox, ricin, or botulism to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory.



Georgia Public Health Laboratory


Tonia Parrott, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)

Deputy Director Emergency Preparedness Unit


Frances Tyrrell, MPH, MT(ASCP), SM

Sentinel Laboratory Program Advisor

Bioterrorism Preparedness Unit


Who Should Attend: This course is designed for the microbiologist with bench-level clinical microbiology experience.


Continuing Education Credit: The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. Participants who successfully complete this program will be awarded 6.5 contact hours.


Course Refunds:  Not applicable, but please notify the NLTN-Nashville Office at 800-536-NLTN or if you are unable to attend so that others on the waiting list may have the opportunity to attend.


Special Needs and Information:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations should notify the NLTN at least two weeks prior to the course. For more information call: 800-536-NLTN or 617-983-6285.


Fee:    Free - Georgia residents

            $100.00 – non Georgia residents


Program materials, refreshment breaks and lunch will be provided.


Pre-registration deadline: May 7, 2008


If you need any help registering please e-mail: or or call 240-485-2786 or 800-536-NLTN.