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New epidemics such as AIDS and 'mad cow' disease have dramatized the need to explore the factors underlying rapid viral evolution and emerging viruses. Now available in paperback, this comprehensive book is the first to describe this multifaceted new field. The book places viral evolution and emergence in a historical context, describes the interaction of viruses with hosts, and details the advances in molecular biology and epidemiology that have provided the tools necessary to track developing viral epidemics and to detect new viruses far more successfully than could be done in the recent past. Case histories and practical suggestions for the prevention of future epidemics are given. From reviews of the hardback: "excellent examples of emerging virus diseases...an excellent training resource, and should be required reading for all infectious disease and public health professionals." Trends in Microbiology "a fine reference point for readers who wish to become familiar with the issue of emerging viruses" The Quarterly Review of Biologyshow more

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  • Paperback | 340 pages
  • 155.2 x 235 x 20.8mm | 741.5g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195104846
  • 9780195104844
  • 1,428,536

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Emerging Viruses is aimed at a broad readership. It can be read with profit by professional scientists, by students, by decision makers and by anyone with an interest in biomedicine. The chapters are skilfully edited and the book is realistically priced. * Craig Pringle, University of Warwick, Society for General Microbiology Quarterly, Feb 1995 * We now realize that infectious organisms are ... likely to be major worldwide threats into the distant future ... Emerging Viruses is the first book that confronts this problem and offers a program through which the concept of preventative medicine might be expanded to encompass preventative epidemiology ... one major advancement of a discipline should be enough for one book, and this book certainly has made one: It has focused attention on a forward-looking approach to recognize and block the emergence of viruses ... a fine reference point for readers who wish to become familiar with the issue of emerging viruses ... ideas in the book are ... helping to propel us ahead of our pathogenic threats. * Paul W. Ewald, Amherst College, The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 1994 * 'This book is for the scientifically literate general reader and the specialist. Often crossing disciplinary lines it systematically explores what is known about the reasons for viral emergence.' In Context/No.39 'a thoroughly fascinating book ... Until it is read, the subject's importance is perhaps not fully realised - even by some virologists!' John R. Foster, Br J Biomed Sci 1994 'The publication of Emerging Viruses is ... very timely. All 29 chapters are written by recognized experts in the field ... viruses selected for detailed discussions in the book are excellent examples of emerging virus diseases ... an excellent training resource, and should be required reading for all infectious disease and public health professionals.' Duane J. Gubler, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Fort Collins, Trends in Microbiology, 104, Vol. 2, No. 3, March 1994show more

Table of contents

J. Lederberg: Viruses and humankind: Intracellular symbiosis and evolutionary competition; S.S. Morse: What do we know about the origins of emerging viruses?; Section I: VIRAL EMERGENICES IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT: W.H. McNeill: Patterns of disease emergence in history; R.G. Webster: Influenza; K.M. Johnson: Emerging viruses in context: an Overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers; Section II: VIRUSES AND THE HOST: R. May: Ecology and evolution of host-virus association; B.N. Fields: Pathogenesis of viral infections; T.E. Shenk: Virus and cell: determinants of tissue trophism; Section III: SEEING THE UNSEEN: METHODS FOR DETECTING NEW VIRUSES: D.D. Richman: Virus detection systems; D. Ward: New technologies for virus detection; Section IV: EMERGING VIRUSES: WHERE THEY COME FROM; R.E. Shope & A.S. Evans: Assessing geographic and transport factors; T.P. Monath: Arthropod-borne viruses; J. LeDuc, J.E. Childs, G.E. Glass, & A.J. Watson: Hantaan (Korean hemorrhagic fever) and related rodent zoonoses; C.J. Peters: Filoviruses; B. Mahy: Seal plague virus; C.R. Parrish: Canine parvovirus 2, a probable example of interspecies transfer; F. Fenner: Human monkeypox - a newly-discovered human virus disease; M. Houghton: New hepatitis viruses; G. Meyers, J. Lawrence, & K. MacInnes: Phylogentic moments in the AIDS epidemic; Section V: HOW VIRUSES EVOLVE: J. Holland: Replication error, quansispecies populations, and extreme evolution rates of RNA viruses; H.M. Temin: The high rate of retrovirus variation results in rapid evolution; P. Palese: Evolution of influenza and RNA viruses; B. Murphy: Factors restraining emergence of new influenza viruses; J.H. Strauss: Recombination in evolution of RNA viruses; B. Eldridge: Evolutionary realtionships of vectors and viruses; Section VI: PROSPECTS FOT THE FUTURE; T. Lovejoy: Global change and epidemiology: nasty synergies; L.J. Legters & E. Takafuji: Are we prepared for a viral epidemic emergency?; D.A. Henderson: Surveillance systems and intergovernmental cooperation; E.D. Kilbourne: Afterword: a personal summary.show more

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