As its title suggests, this book is intended to give exhaustive information on virus infections and diseases occurring in ruminants. Each virus and corresponding disease is described in a separate chapter, and the chapters are ordered according to current virus classification. Contributing authors are experts on the virus and disease they describe. Where necessary, the text is accompanied by tables and pictures. The accent is placed on diagnosis of the disease by clinical observations including epizootological data. There is also a description of the laboratory procedures of diagnostic virology, and suggestions concerning control measures (e.g. vaccination and/or eradication policy).
This book should prove indispensable to: the practising veterinarian, by facilitating recognition of a viral disease, and giving advice on collecting appropriate specimens for laboratory investigation; the veterinary virologist by aiding the choice of appropriate diagnostic laboratory procedures, and recommending appropriate control measures; and the medical virologist by giving information on viral infections and diseases in ruminants, information that has already proved fundamental in understanding aetiology and pathogenesis of diseases in man caused by papilloma viruses, retroviruses, and prions.