Public Health Part 2: Influenza, Staph, TB, and Emerging Diseases

presented by Ruth Werner

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This is the second in a two-part series, following Public Health Part 1. Massage therapists are public health providers, and it is our responsibility to stay “up to speed” on information about contagious diseases. This two-part class covers a review of immune system function and the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and role of massage for the following: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis A, B and C, flu, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus Aureus, and others as time permits.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the International Fascia Research Society, and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She has written numerous articles for massage trade journals and several books on subjects ranging from ethics to pharmacology. Ruth Werner is the author of the textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, and writes a column for Massage and Bodywork Magazine called Pathology Perspectives.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Influenza

    1. Influenza

    In the first chapter of this course, Ruth Werner defines influenza and tracks the progress of infection from exposure to symptoms. The participant will learn how to identify influenza types A, B, and C. They will then identify and compare Type A strains of flu, including seasonal flue, H5N1, and Avian flu. This chapter also describes common flu treatment regimens.

  2. Staphylococcal Infections of the Skin

    2. Staphylococcal Infections of the Skin

    This chapter defines staphylococcus - Ruth Werner tracks the progress of infection from exposure to symptoms. She will teach the participant to identify five types of staphylococcus infections of the skin, with special emphasis on MRSA. The participant will also learn common staphylococcus treatment regimens.

  3. Tuberculosis

    3. Tuberculosis

    Ruth Werner defines “tubercle,” tuberculosis and mycobacterium tuberculosis. She will teach the participant to identify the epidemiology of this infection and to track the infection from exposure to the development of symptoms. This chapter also describes three varieties of TB with implications for drug treatments, including drug-susceptible TB, MDR-TB, and XDR-TB.

  4. Emerging Diseases and Antibiotic Resistance

    4. Emerging Diseases and Antibiotic Resistance

    In this chapter, Ruth Werner identifies descriptions and pathogenesis of Ebola, measles and pertussis. She describes how to identify descriptions and pathogenesis of Tuberculosis, MRSA, C. difficile, VRE, and VRSA. The participant will also learn about the populations most at risk.