Clinical Microbiology


Learning Lab for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Author information
Phillip Heaton Ph.D., D(ABMM)
Dr Heaton disclosed no conflict of interest

Learning objectives:

  • Define virology terms
  • Compare and contrast viruses
  • Describe viral receptors
  • Explain the taxonomy of viruses
  • Describe how vaccines are used for viruses
  • Understand vectors and reservoirs
  • Describe the different types of viruses including herpes, hepatitis, gastrointestinal, respiratory, dermatologic, CNS, cancer causing viruses, retroviruses, endemic, hantaviruses, hemorrhagic fever viruses and arboviruses
  • Explain the virus lifecycle