Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Reference handbooks of this type inevitably have deficiencies. To dwell on these, indeed to identify examples, would be a gross injustice to the editors and (70) contributors who have achieved so well the ambitious objectives of these volumes on the viral zoonoses. They provide a wealth of information on the present state of knowledge on these diseases while placing equal or greater importance on the lacunae which require additional research. The emphasis on emerging zoonoses is particularly challenging in view of the many accelerating demographic and ecological changes which may contribute to these.

After an excellent succinct presentation of viral classification by J. L. Melnick, Volume I covers many of the zoonoses caused by RNA viruses. Volume II covers the remainder of these, zoonoses caused by the unclassified and DNA viruses, and the public health impact of viral diseases.

Among the chapters considered especially outstanding in relation to the editors' objectives are those on influenza, rabies, and Rift Valley fever.


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