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Bats and Human Health: Ebola, SARS, Rabies and Beyond

By: Lisa A Beltz(Author)

394 pages, tables


Hardback | Dec 2017 | #234890 | ISBN-13: 9781119150039
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £120.00 $155 / €138 approx

About this book

An important resource that reviews the various infectious diseases that affect bats and bat populations

Bats and Human Health: Ebola, SARS, Rabies and Beyond covers existing literature on viral, bacterial, protozoan, and fungal infections of bats and how these infections affect bat populations. Bats and Human Health also offers an overview of the potential for zoonotic transmission of infectious diseases from bats to humans or domestic animals. While most prior publications on the subject have dealt only with bat viral infections, this text closely covers a wide range of bat infections, from viral and bacterial infections to protist and fungal infections.

Chapters on viral infections cover rabies, filoviruses, henipaviruses, and other RNA viruses, as well as information on bat virome studies. Bats and Human Health then provides information on bacterial infections – including arthropod-borne and other bacteria that affect bats – before moving on to protist infections, including apicomplexans and kinetoplastids, and fungal infections, including white-nose syndrome, histoplasma capsulatum, and other fungi. Comprehensive in scope, yet another key feature of Bats and Human Health is a searchable database that includes bat species, bat family, bat diet, bat location, type and classification of infecting microbes, and categories of microbes. This vital resource also:
- Provides a history and comprehensive overview of bat-borne diseases
- Incorporates information from the World Health Organization, as well as historical data from the National Libraries of Health and infectious disease journals
- Covers a variety of diseases including viral infections, bacterial infections, protist infections, and fungal infections

Written for microbiologist, bat researchers, and conservationists, Bats and Human Health provides a comprehensive exploration of the various types of microbes that affect bats and their potential to affect human populations.


Foreword xv
A Brief Introduction to Unique Features of Bats in Relation to Infectious Diseases xv
About the companion website xix

I Introduction 1
1 Bat immunology 3

II Viral Infections of Bats 25
2 Rabies virus and other bat rhabdoviruses 27
3 Henipaviruses and other paramyxoviruses of bats 53
4 Filoviruses and bats 89
5 Bats and coronaviruses 111
6 Other RNA viruses and bats 139
7 Baltimore class I and class II DNA viruses of bats 181
8 Teverse-transcribing bat viruses and large-scale bat virome studies 205

III Bacterial Infections of Bats 221
9 Arthropod-borne bacterial infections of bats 223
10 Other bacteria and bats 239

IV Protist Infections of Bats 261
11 Apicomplexans and bats 263
12 Kinetoplastids and bats 285

V Fungal Infections of Bats 303
13 White-nose syndrome and bats 305
14 Histoplasma capsulatum and other fungi and bats 327

VI Zoonotic Disease Transmission and Bats 349
15 Zoonotic transmission of disease by bats and other animals 351

Index 371

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Lisa A. Beltz is an Associate Professor of Natural Sciences at Malone University in Canton, Ohio, USA.

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