Emerging and Zoonotic Infections


With globalization of food products, pan-global human travel, and changing vector ranges for insects that carry disease, the rise of emerging and/or zoonotic infections has never been more prominent. Many recently emerging pathogens are zoonotic viruses and their emergence in new parts of the world is alarming and a challenge to medicine. Viruses such as Zika virus, chikungunya virus, MERS coronavirus, and ebola will be discussed, and the emerging enteric pathogen, Cyclospora will also be reviewed. A focus on sociopolitical as well as epidemiological factors will be considered for this topic, as both have significant implications in the emergence and persistence of these various pathogens.

Originally presented on December 16, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)

Marc Roger Couturier, PhD, D(ABMM)

Medical Director, Microbial Immunology
ARUP Laboratories
Medical Director, Parasitology and Fecal Testing
ARUP Laboratories
Medical Director, Infectious Disease Rapid Testing
ARUP Laboratories
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Couturier is an associate professor of pathology at the University Of Utah School of Medicine. He received his PhD in medical microbiology and immunology with a specialty in bacteriology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Couturier served as a research associate/post-doctoral fellow at the Alberta Provincial Laboratory for Public Health and completed a medical microbiology fellowship (ABMM) at the University of Utah. His research interests include Helicobacter pylori diagnostics and population prevalence, in particular identifying populations with increased risk of infection and reduced access to medical care. Dr. Couturier also has a research focus aimed at developing improved diagnostics for emerging agents of infectious gastroenteritis. He is board certified in medical microbiology, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease Society of America.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the growing threat of emerging/zoonotic pathogens to human health
  • Understand the recent outbreaks of emerging/zoonotic pathogens
  • Review past emerging pathogens

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories