Virus and prion diseases remain a major public health threat, in both developed and developing countries. The worldwide HIV pandemic is but one example of a newly emerged virus disease; other potential threats come from exotic viruses such as SARS, Ebola and Hantaan viruses. Older human viruses such as influenza, papilloma, herpes and the hepatitis viruses still cause major health problems. Furthermore, as well as causing acute infections, some viruses may also establish persistent infections which can lead to the development of chronic diseases, including cancer. This symposium book covers central factors that influence the pathogenicity of virus and prion infections. Topics range from innate and adaptive immune responses and virus evasion of host defences to details of selected virus-host interactions, including those involving dengue virus, HIV, influenza viruses, coronaviruses, hepatitis C virus, herpesviruses, papillomaviruses, African swine fever virus and poxviruses.
Paul Digard is a Lecturer in Virology in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge, UK. Anthony A. Nash is Professor of Veterinary Pathology in the Division of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Richard. E. Randall is Professor of Molecular Virology in the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, UK