The objectives of these Intensive courses in mycology, parasitology and virology are;

  • To expose microbiology, virology, clinical pathology, public health or infectious disease specialists to essential knowledge about communicable disease diagnosis, surveillance and outbreak response functions; and
  • To prepare microbiology, virology, clinical pathology, public health or infectious disease specialists to understand and efficiently access the reference laboratory and epidemiology resources of the NICD

The course series will cover the following topics:

Mycology

  • Focus on identification of medically important fungi, antifungal susceptibility testing, serological and molecular diagnostic testing and molecular epidemiology of medically important mycoses
  • Understanding of AIDS-related mycoses

Parasitology

  • Focus on important aspects of malaria
  • Understanding blood and tissue parasite diagnosis and identification
  • Understanding stool and urine parasite diagnosis and identification
  • Explore unusual and opportunistic parasitic infections

Virology

  • Discussions on advanced virology aspects of COVID-19
  • Understanding management, clinical and laboratory diagnostic aspects of viral haemorrhagic fevers, arboviral disease, influenza, influenza drug resistance and novel or emerging respiratory viruses (other than SARS-COV2) in cases of respiratory illness of unknown cause and viral enteric infections
  • Explore enteric viral disease classification, epidemiology, laboratory detection/typing, interventions and vaccines
  • Discuss key aspects of human papillomaviruses

Any candidates preparing for exams who require additional revision or with a particular interest can then decide to attend the 1-week intensive courses in mycology/parasitology and virology, tailored to complement the main 3-week course.

Must complete 3 weeks NICD registrars program rotation

Email Application directly

For mycology:
Nelesh Govender neleshg@nicd.ac.za;

For parasitology :
John Frean johnf@nicd.ac.za;

For virology:
Jacqueline Weyer jacquelinew@nicd.ac.za;

For mycology:
Nelesh Govender neleshg@nicd.ac.za;

For parasitology :
John Frean johnf@nicd.ac.za;

For virology:
Jacqueline Weyer jacquelinew@nicd.ac.za;

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