Mosquito-Borne Viral Diseases (Online Course)

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Lynda Britton, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM
Reviewer: Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SV, SM(ASCP)CMMBCM

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Continuing Education Credits

  • P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours: 2 hour(s)
  • Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Science CE - General (Serology/Immunology): 2 hour(s)


  • Review the epidemiology of the more common mosquito-borne viral diseases (excluding malaria), including dengue, chikungunya, Zika, West Nile, and yellow fever, and the encephalitis-causing viruses, including St. Louis, Eastern Equine, Western Equine, and La Crosse.
  • Describe the clinical manifestations and symptoms of the mosquito-borne viral diseases and encephalitis-causing viruses presented.
  • Identify the laboratory methods available for the diagnosis of the mosquito-borne viruses presented.
  • Solve case studies on the mosquito-borne viral diseases presented.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
      • Introduction to Mosquito-borne Arboviruses
      • ArboNET
    • Mosquitoes
      • The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus Mosquitoes
      • The Culiseta melanura Mosquito
      • The Northern House Mosquito: Culex pipiens
      • The North American Tree Hole Mosquito: Aedes triseriatus
      • Mosquitoes Life Cycle
  • Dengue Virus
      • Dengue Virus
      • Epidemiology: Dengue in the World
      • Epidemiology: Dengue in the United States
      • Clinical Manifestations of Dengue
      • Dengue Virus Laboratory Diagnosis
      • Dengue Vaccines
      • Dengue Case Study
      • Where in the United States has dengue been found in outbreaks?
  • Chikungunya
      • Chikungunya Virus
      • Epidemiology: Chikungunya in the World
      • Epidemiology: Chikungunya in the United States
      • Clinical Manifestations of Chikungunya Virus
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of Chikungunya Virus
      • Chikungunya Case Study
      • Other than fever, what is the most common clinical feature of chikungunya virus infection?
  • Zika Virus
      • Zika Virus
      • Zika Virus History
      • Zika Virus Transmission
      • Zika Clinical Manifestations
      • Zika Laboratory Diagnosis
      • Special Precautions for Zika Virus
      • Zika Case Study
      • CDC Algorithm for Detection of Chikunguya, Dengue, and Zika Viruses
      • To which flavivirus is the Zika virus most closely related?
  • West NIle Virus
      • West Nile Virus (WNV)
      • Epidemiology: WNV in the United States
      • Clinical Manifestations of WNV
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of WNV
      • Prevention of WNV
      • WNV Case Study
      • What is the predominant host (not vector) for West Nile virus (WNV)?
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
      • Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
      • Clinical Manifestations of EEE
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of EEE
      • Horses are the primary reservoir of EEE.
  • La Crosse Virus
      • La Crosse Virus (LACV)
      • Epidemiology: LACV
      • Clinical Manifestations of LACV
      • La Crosse Encephalitis Laboratory Diagnosis
      • LACV Case Study: Encephalitis Outbreak
      • Which of the following is a reservoir host for La Crosse encephalitis virus?
  • St. Louis Encephalitis Virus
      • St. Louis Encephalitis Virus (SLEV)
      • Epidemiology: SLEV
      • Clinical Manifestations of SLEV
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of SLEV
  • Yellow Fever
      • Yellow Fever Virus
      • Epidemiology: Yellow Fever
      • Clinical Manifestations of Yellow Fever
      • Laboratory Diagnosis of Yellow Fever
      • Yellow Fever Case Study
  • Prevention of Mosquito-Borne Viral Diseases
      • Use of Insect Repellents
      • Physical Barriers to Mosquito Bites
      • Prevent Mosquito Breeding
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Intended audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.

Author information: Lynda Britton, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM received her BS degree in medical technology from the University of Texas at Arlington and her doctorate from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. She began her career as a bench microbiologist and worked in several states. Currently, Lynda is the Clinical Coordinator for the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, LA. She is a professor and teaches microbiology and molecular diagnosis.

Reviewer information: Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, MS, SV, SM(ASCP)CMMBCM is the Professor and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State Universit in San Marcos, TX. Dr. Rohde brings his career experiences as a public and clinical microbiologist and infectious disease expert from CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control to the classroom. He is also the Associate Dean for Research and has been recognized with multiple research and teaching awards of excellence, including being named one of the Top 20 Professors of Clinical Laboratory Science You Should Know and the 2015 urEssential award from Cardinal Health. 

Course Description: This course is intended to serve as an overview of the more commonly occurring mosquito-borne viral diseases around the world, including arboviruses actively causing outbreaks within the United States (eg, Zika and West Nile virus). The epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and methods utilized for laboratory diagnosis of each virus are discussed and supplementary case studies are presented.  

Dengue Virus TEM --CDC-Frederick Murphy, Cynthia Goldsmith

<i>Aedes aegypti</i> mosquito. Image courtesy CDC.

Yellow fever TEM. Image courtesy CDC.

Zika virus TEM. Image courtesy CDC.

Chikungunya 2015. Courtesy CDC.