Viral Diseases of Cattle, Second Edition
Robert F. Kahrs

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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Improved genetic technology, expanded immunology research, and increased public and government concern have overwritten the material presented in the first edition.

Findings in Viral Diseases of Cattle are taken from clinical observation and well-documented research. Diseases covered include: parvoviruses, adenoviruses, poxviruses, enteroviruses, fibropapillomatosis, papillomaviruses, herpesviruses, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, infectious pustular vulvovaginitis, coronaviruses, akabane and bunyaviruses, herpes mammallitis, pseudo lumpy skin disease, pseudorabies, rabies, ephemeral fever, rift valley fever, papular stomatitis, malignant catarrhal fever, vesicular stomatitis, foot-and-mouth disease, rinderpest, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

International trade issues are discussed as well as virus study concepts, vaccines, and diagnostic and investigative techniques.

The book has virtually no illustrations. I would have liked EM views of the viruses in discussion. This lack notwithstanding, the book is excellent in its description of the viruses and their etiologies, signs, treatment, and, where applicable, immunization.

Targeted to veterinary students, practitioners, animal disease workers, and cattle producers, Viral Diseases of Cattle is invaluable for the diagnosis, management, and control of viral diseases found in production management systems.

Each chapter is broken down into logical sequence: Introduction, Etiology, Clinical Signs and Lesions, Effects on the Developing Fetus, Necropsy Findings, Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Immunity, Viral Persistence, Prevention and Control, Likelihood of Eradication, Impact on International Trade, Public Responsibility, Areas in Need of Research, and References.

The last chapter, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, clearly explains this disease, the related diseases (chronic wasting disease of deer and elk, and transmissible mink encephalopathy), and the role of prions.

Considering the length of time between the first and second editions of this book, I presume that the worldwide interest in BSE prompted this revision, although there have been many advances in general virus research during those 20 years.

Even if you do not treat cattle, questions from clients about BSE and the impact of foot-and-mouth disease in this country can be clearly answered with this reference. I would have it in the clinic library.

Blackwell Publishing (2001).

424 pages.

ISBN: 9780813825915.

Reviewed 4/5/2001.


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Ruminants
 
* Bovine Anatomy 1st Ed.
 
* Technique LA Surgery 3rd Ed.
 
Goat Science and Production
 
LA Neurology 2nd Ed.
 
Practical Atlas of Ruminant and Camelid Reproductive (VSPN Review)
 
Practical Ruminant US
 
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* Cattle Behav. Welfare 2nd Ed.
 
* Guide Regional Anatomy Goat
 
* LA Int. Med. 3rd Ed.
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
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Wildlife-Zoo Animals
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Date Published: April 5, 2001

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