Rinderpest and Peste des Petits Ruminants

Rinderpest and Peste des Petits Ruminants : Virus Plagues of Large and Small Ruminants

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Rinderpest and Peste des Petits Ruminants tells the story of how, by the year 2010, scientists are set to globally eradicate one of the great historic plagues that has ravaged human livestock for centuries. Descriptions of the disease in Europe date back to the 4th century and it was regularly re-introduced following wars and other civil unrest until late in the 19th century. It was introduced with devastating effect into Africa towards the end of the 19th century and is now widespread across sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia. Its causative agent, rinderpest virus, a morbillivirus very closely related to human measles virus, decimates the cattle population along with those of other susceptible domestic ruminants and many wildlife species wherever it is present.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 24mm | 739.37g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0120883856
  • 9780120883851

Review quote

"This is a good monograph; no, it is an excellent monograph. ...This is a good read and worthy of all virologists attention."
- Joe Brownlie, Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, U.K. for SOCIETY FOR GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY online

"Overall the book is a pleasure to read, and is a valuable resource for researchers on the subject."
- Dr. F. M. Mohamed, USDA/APHIS/VS/FADDL, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Greenport, NY for VETERINARY PATHOLOGY (2006)
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Table of contents

Preface
General Introduction
Rinderpest, An Old Worldwide Story
Rinderpest in Africa
The Morbilliviruses
Rinderpest and Peste des Petits Ruminants Viruses
The Disease
Epidemiology and Transmission of Rinderpest
Rinderpest and Wildlife, A Controversy
Immunology of Rinderpest: An Immunosuppression but a Lifelong Protection
Old Prophylactic Methods
History of Vaccines and Vaccination
New Generation Vaccines Against Rinderpest and Peste des Petits Ruminants
Towards Eradication of Rinderpest
Conclusions
Glossary
Index
Index of the Key Players in the History of Rinderpest Research
Key References List
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About William P. Taylor

Dr Taylor has had a long and distinguished career in veterinary medicine, much of it devoted to eliminating rinderpest. His early work concentrated on rinderpest and PPR pathogenesis and epidemiology in Africa. Later he developed a vaccine for PPR at Pirbright Laboratory and then went on to become the EU advisor for the rinderpest eradication campaign in India. He now acts as a freelance consultant for the FAO, mainly investigating rinderpest and PPR outbreaks. Professor Barrett heads the Morbillivirus Group at the Institute for Animal Health's Pirbright Laboratory. Professor Pastoret is a former Director of the Institute for Animal Health and is now a consultant to the BBSRC on animal health issues. He is an internationally renowned researcher, specialising in viral diseases and in immunology and vaccination, and was closely involved in the development of effective strategies for rabies control in Europe.
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