Handbook of Zoonoses: Identification and Prevention [NOOK Book]

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This essential, authoritative handbook provides clear, accurate coverage of zoonoses - diseases that can spread from animals to humans. The consistent format helps you quickly locate key information, such as how each disease affects the host, how it is spread, how it is treated, and necessary safety precautions. It also discusses the importance of educating animal owners about the public health implications of zoonoses and how to prevent them from spreading.
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Handbook of Zoonoses: Identification and Prevention

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Overview

This essential, authoritative handbook provides clear, accurate coverage of zoonoses - diseases that can spread from animals to humans. The consistent format helps you quickly locate key information, such as how each disease affects the host, how it is spread, how it is treated, and necessary safety precautions. It also discusses the importance of educating animal owners about the public health implications of zoonoses and how to prevent them from spreading.
  • Clear, concise coverage helps you respond quickly when presented with diseases that could potentially spread between patients, clients, and staff in the veterinary clinic.
  • Each disease entry begins with a chart of its potential morbidity (the rate of incidence of a disease) and mortality (death rate), giving you at-a-glance access to the chance of contracting the disease and the severity of the disease if contracted.
  • Clinically relevant coverage includes information on the etiology (bacterial, viral, parasitic, etc.), most common nonhuman hosts, transmission modes, course of the disease, clinical signs in animals and humans, diagnostic tests, prevention, and general advice.
  • Essential information on preventing the spread of disease helps you educate clients about how to protect themselves and their animals from zoonoses.
  • Coverage of diseases such as mad cow disease, West Nile virus, rabies, and anthrax, prepares you to answer client questions about diseases that are in the public eye.
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Editorial Reviews

The Veterinary Record

The handbook has a simple and easy-to-follow style. The format for the sections on each of the zoonoses is readable and helpful, covering the basics of disease in animals (where relevant) and people, routes of transmission, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
With the ever-increasing recognition that animals are major reservoirs of human diseases and that most emerging infections in people are zoonotic in nature, this handbook is a welcome tool.
May 2008

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Harry Fred Troutt, VMD, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This handbook presents an overview of common zoonoses in a minimalist manner, pointing out essentially the rudiments of individual zoonotic diseases.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide concise, readily available information about zoonotic diseases and their morbidity and mortality to medical and veterinary technical and other support staff. These are worthy objectives and the book by and large does accomplish them.
Audience: The authors point out that this book is designed for "health care providers" — healthcare students and personnel in both veterinary and human medicine. The book also could be used as a quick review on a specific subject by professional personnel.
Features: The book is essentially divided into three sections: principles of zoonoses amounting to 13 pages of general information; zoonotic diseases covering 42 diseases listed alphabetically; and a section of five appendixes and a glossary. Four of the appendixes deal with ticks, from life cycle to removal, while the fifth presents the "4 Cs of food safety: clean, cook, cover, and chill or heat." Each of the zoonotic diseases is discussed in order by name, with an estimate of morbidity/mortality, a category of etiology (i.e. bacterial, parasitic, etc.), hosts, essentials of transmission, and broad approaches to treatment and prevention. The prevention section for each disease, in general, provides sound and practical approaches for implementing preventive procedures. The book contains no bibliography or reference sections, the authors stating that they reviewed "reference books, textbooks, and websites to gather the information included in this handbook." A particularly useful feature is the assignment of morbidity and mortality scores to each of the diseases. Of particular concern is the unit on Salmonellosis. The authors state: "the two most common serotypes seen in the United States are S. enteritidis and S. typhimurium (causes typhoid fever, a human-only disease, so it will not be discussed here)." Typhoid fever, according to the CDC, as well as listings in standard texts, is caused by Salmonella Typhi. Salmonella Typhimurium affects a variety of animals, is not a host-adapted pathogen, and can be considered a zoonotic pathogen and a threat to food safety (i.e., S. Typhimurium DT104), as are other Salmonella serovars.
Assessment: The book should be suitable, with instructor clarification, for medical and veterinary technician training or as a resource for nonprofessional clinical staff. It may have merit as a text in an initial undergraduate course dealing with zoonotic diseases. The book doesn't provide a great deal of detail and information and doesn't contain some diseases listed in other books dealing with zoonoses. From a contemporary point of view, there is no mention on the animal-to-human potential interchange of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The book is designed to provide a relatively simple overview and it does this. Books providing more comprehensive treatment of zoonotic diseases include Zoonoses: Infectious Diseases Transmissible from Animals to Humans, Kraus et al. (ASM Press, 2003) and Beran's extensive work, Handbook of Zoonoses (CRC Press, 1994).
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The handbook has a simple and easy-to-follow style. The format for the sections on each of the zoonoses is readable and helpful, covering the basics of disease in animals (where relevant) and people, routes of transmission, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
With the ever-increasing recognition that animals are major reservoirs of human diseases and that most emerging infections in people are zoonotic in nature, this handbook is a welcome tool.
The Veterinary Record, May 2008
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323070928
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/4/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

PART ONE: Principles of Zoonoses

Introduction

Zoonotic Diseases

Hosts

Modes of Transmission

Direct Transmission

Indirect Transmission

Preventing Zoonotic Diseases

Morbidity and Mortality

PART TWO: Zoonotic Diseases

Anthrax

Babesiosis

Botulism

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease)

Brucellosis

Campylobacteriosis (Vibriosis)

Cat Scratch Disease

Colibacillosis

Dermatophytosis

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Ehrlichiosis

Giardiasis (Giardia)

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Hookworms

Influenza

La Crosse Encephalitis

Leptospirosis

Listeriosis

Lyme Disease

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

Tuberculosis (Mycobacterium Infections)

Pasteurellosis

Plague

Psittacosis

Q Fever

Rabies

Rat-Bite Fever

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Roundworms

St. Louis Encephalitis

Salmonellosis

Scabies

Staphylococcus

Tapeworms (Cestodes)

Toxoplasmosis

Trichinosis

Tularemia

Vibriosis

West Nile Infection

Western Equine Encephalitis

Yersiniosis
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