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This book is the second volume in the series Livestock Diseases and Management, and reviews the importance and implications of animal origin viral zoonoses. It also highlights the specific etiology and epidemiology of these viral infections and discusses their various biological and mechanical transmission mechanisms. Further, the book reviews various measures for controlling viral zoonoses and examines novel therapeutic and prophylactic strategies.
Discussing recent studies on the pathogenesis and host immune response to these infections, it underscores the importance of using vaccines against these viral diseases to reduce the risk of them being transmitted to humans. Lastly, it describes in detail the challenges posed by these viral infections and our readiness to face them.
Dr Yashpal Singh Malik is an “ICAR National Fellow” at the ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, India, where he is working on viral disease epidemiology, virus-host interactions, microbial biodiversity, and the characterization and diagnosis of pathogens. He pursued advanced studies in molecular virology at the University of Minnesota, USA; University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Wuhan Institute of Virology, Wuhan, China. He is the recipient of several prestigious national, state and academy awards and honours, including the ICAR-Jawaharlal Nehru Award. He has authored 5 books, 25 book chapters, and over 200 research and review articles. Dr Malik is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immunology Immunopathology and has also edited special issues of the Springer journal VirusDisease, Bentham’s The Open Virology Journal, and the Journal of Current Drug Metabolism.
Dr Raj Kumar Singh is currently Director-cum-Vice-Chancellor of the ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, India. He is a respected scientist specializing in veterinary microbiology, biotechnology, molecular epidemiology, diagnostics and vaccinology. Dr Singh has served as Head of the Division of Virology, Station-In-Charge at the IVRI, Mukteswar Campus, Uttarakhand and later as Director of the NRC on Equines and VTCC, Hisar. He holds 10 national patents (2 granted & 8 filed), and has developed 8 live attenuated vaccines/vaccine candidates and 26 diagnostic tests/assays/kits. He has authored 2 books, 23 book chapters and over 200 research papers. He has received several awards, including the prestigious ICAR Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Award and Team Research Award, the DBT Tata Innovation Fellowship Award, and the Agriculture Research Leadership Award. He was also awarded an FAO Fellowship at the University of California Davis, USA. He is currently President of the ISVIB, and is a fellow or life member of various professional societies.
Dr. Kuldeep Dhama, M.V.Sc., Ph.D. (Gold Medalist) is working as Principal Scientist in Division of Pathology at ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India. He has research and teaching experience of more than 25 years in the field of microbiology, immunology, virology, public health, medicine, and biomedicine. He has developed several diagnostics, vaccines, and immunomodulatory modules to counter infectious diseases of animals and poultry. He has to his credit more than 600 publications, 6 books, and 65 book chapters. Dr Dhama has been recognized as an extremely productive researcher in Nature. He has been honoured with 50 Best Paper Awards and other recognitions. He is NAAS (National Academy of Agricultural Science, India) Associate, worked as Nodal Officer- WTO, and Member- Wildlife Health Specialist Group (IUCN). He is actively serving as Editor-in-Chief, Co-EIC, Editor and Member, Editorial board of more than 20 scientific journals.