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Introduction to emerging viral diseases and diagnosis

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About Course

Covid-19 has changed world view on pandemics and in the current scenario learn lessons and stop next pandemic. Focusing on out breaks and challenges the course is aimed at hollistic approach of understanding viral diseases and various diagnosis techniques.This course will provide platform to improve knowledge on viral Pandemics and how technology helpling us to reduce the risk of viral diseases.


Viral Disease (15 hours)

Introduction to viruses, viral diseases, Outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics. History of Viral outbreaks. Viral disease like, Ebola in West Africa, Zika Viral disease, Kyasanur forest disease ( KFD), Nipah viral disease, Influenza (H1N1, Avian Flu). Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Novel corona viral disease (Covid-19). Mapping of viral disease in the world. Viral Infection, prevention and control  (IPC).

Diagnosis (15 hours)

Viral disease diagnosis:  Viral sampling, isolation, culture, precautions and bio safety. Principle and application of techniques involved in diagnosis like genetic material based: RT PCR , microscopic methods: Immunofluroscence and electron microscope, Antibody based method: ELISA and Rapid detection strips, Hemagglutination assay.

Assessment methods

Online quiz, Assignments and Test



2.Text book of medical microbiology by Ananthanarayanan and Panicker

3.Text book of medical microbiology by Jawetz, Melnick and Adelbergs


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What Will You Learn?

  • Course outcomes
  • 1. Garner information on viral outbreaks
  • 2. Understand different emerging viral diseases across the globe
  • 3. Apply knowledge in viral disease diagnosis
  • 4. Study Use of technology in rapid diagnosis of viral diseases

Course Content

PART- A: Introduction to Virus
Basic introduction about viruses

  • UNIT-I 1.1. Virus
  • 1.2. Epidemic outbreaks and pandemics
  • 1.2. Quiz on Epidemic, outbreaks and pandemics
  • 04:20
  • 1.3. QUIZ ON EBOLA
  • 1.4. Zika Viral disease
  • 1.4. Zika viral disease
  • UNIT-II 2.1 Influenza viral disease
  • 2.1. Infleunza
  • 2.2. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)
  • 2.2. SARS
  • 03:01
  • 2.3. MERS
  • 2.4. Corona Viral disease (COVID-19)
  • 1.10. COVID-19
  • UNIT-III 3.1. Kyasanur forest disease (KFD)
  • 3.1. KFD
  • 3.2. Nipah Viral Disease
  • 3. 2. Nipah
  • 3.3. Mapping of Viral Diseases
  • 3.4. Infection, prevention and control

PART-B: Viral Disease diagnosis
This unit is dedicated for different techniques used in emerging viral disease diagnosis

PART-C:Final Exam

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