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Biomedical Sciences - Medical Microbiology | Insight into Influenza Viruses of Animals and Humans

Insight into Influenza Viruses of Animals and Humans

Kapoor, Sanjay, Dhama, Kuldeep

2014, XIII, 222 p. 23 illus. in color.

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  • Comprehensive overview of properties, replication, evolution, emergence and epidemiology of the influenzas viruses, especially those having zoonotic potential
  • Extensive description of the diseases, their diagnosis, prevention and control strategies of various influenza viruses
  • An all encompassing book on influenza viruses covering a wide spectrum of areas enriched with latest information for researchers as well as for professionals and veterinarians

This book provides salient information on all aspects of influenza/flu viruses affecting animals and humans. It specifically reviews the properties and replication of influenza viruses; their evolution and emergence; epidemiology; role of migratory birds in disease transmission; clinical signs in humans, animals, and poultry; pathogenesis and pathogenicity; public health importance and potential threats; diagnosis; prevention and control measures; and pandemic preparedness.

Influenza/flu viruses evolve continuously and jump species causing epidemics as well as pandemics in both human and animals. During the past 150 years, various strains of influenza virus like the Spanish flu, Asian flu, Hong Kong flu, bird flu, and swine flu were responsible for high mortality in humans as well as birds. High mutation rates, antigenic shifts, drifts, reassortment phenomena, and the development of antiviral drug resistance all contribute to ineffective chemotherapy and vaccines against influenza viruses. Due to their devastating nature, high zoonotic implications, and high mortality in humans and poultry, they have a severe impact on the socioeconomic status of countries. Disease awareness, rapid and accurate diagnosis, surveillance, strict biosecurity, timely adoption of appropriate preventive and control measures, and pandemic preparedness are crucial to help in decreasing virus transmission, thus reducing clinical cases, deaths, and pandemic threats.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Pandemia - avain, human and swine influenza - bird flu - influenza viruses - pathogenicity and pathogenesis of influenza viruses - prevention & control of influenza viruses

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Internal Medicine - Medical Microbiology - Microbiology - Public Health - Virology

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