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The Black Horse: A Scientific History of Plagues

From the 2021 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/30/2021)
Presented by James Griffith, Ph.D.

Humans have been associated with microorganisms since before the existence of our species (Homo sapiens var sapiens). Pestilence is quite another matter. We have NOT always had plagues, nor high efficiency kill-off from microorganisms. This session will explore our best information as to how all this began, describe some of the most notorious examples, and make predictions as to the options available in our future and how they might succeed in helping us to cope with pestilence yet to come.

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

  • Describe the historic connection between humans, microorganisms and pestilence
  • Discuss factors that favor or disfavor the establishment (or continuation) of pestilence in a human population
  • List the top 10 ‘plagues’ of all (human) time.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Microbiology will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.