Zoonotic Threats

The Nebraska Tropical Medicine Course     This module is part of The Nebraska Tropical Medicine Course.

Zoonotic Threats

Module Description

Many people come into contact with animals in different settings−either urban or rural, during travel, while visiting the zoo, or while enjoying outdoor activities. Animals can sometimes carry harmful germs that can spread to people and cause illness. This module explores initial steps in recognizing an emerging infectious disease and other zoonotic threats. It focuses on case management, treatment, and prevention of these diseases.

Module Objectives

Upon completion of this module, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify the key risk factors for acquiring a zoonotic disease
  2. Describe the host and how people become infected with the following zoonotic threat diseases: anthrax, brucellosis, leptospirosis, plague, and viral hemorrhagic fever
  3. Describe key features of case management of the following zoonotic threat diseases: anthrax, brucellosis, leptospirosis, plague, and viral hemorrhagic fever
  4. Apply knowledge of epidemiology and case management to identify approaches to decreasing the impact of the following zoonotic threat diseases: anthrax, brucellosis, leptospirosis, plague, and viral hemorrhagic fever
  5. Integrate approaches to medical care delivery and health team functioning in the tropical environment to inform treatment decisions that respect patient and community values


David Brett-Major, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, UNMC

M. Jana Broadhurst, MD, PhD, DTM&H

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology; Director, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Clinical Laboratory; Director, Emerging Pathogens Laboratory, UNMC

Method of Participation

Term of Approval

Release Date: June 15, 2021
Expiration Date: June 14, 2022

Continuing Education Credits

JA Provider MarkIn support of improving patient care, University of Nebraska Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Nebraska Medical Center designates this activity for ANCC 1.5 contact hours. Nurses should only claim credit for the actual time spent participating in the activity.

Faculty and Planning Committee Disclosures

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If you have questions regarding this course, please contact Bailey Wrenn via email.