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Infectious Disease: A Very Short Introduction

Marta Wayne and Benjamin Bolker

June 2015

ISBN: 9780199688937

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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In this Very Short Introduction Benjamin Bolker and Marta L. Wayne explore the world of infectious disease, from viruses and bacteria to protists and fungi. Taking an ecological and evolutionary viewpoint, they use case studies to explore how outbreaks are managed and how newly emergent strains might be controlled.

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In this Very Short Introduction Benjamin Bolker and Marta L. Wayne explore the world of infectious disease, from viruses and bacteria to protists and fungi. Taking an ecological and evolutionary viewpoint, they use case studies to explore how outbreaks are managed and how newly emergent strains might be controlled.

  • Considers a range of infectious agents - viruses, bacteria, protists, and fungi - from an ecological and evolutionary viewpoint
  • Explains the general principles of infectious disease
  • Uses specific examples and case studies
  • Presents the outlook for management and control of infectious disease with a realistic but optimistic perspective
  • Part of the best selling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Marta Wayne, Professor of Biology, University of Florida, and Benjamin Bolker, Professor of Mathematics & Statistics and Biology, McMaster University

Ben Bolker is a theoretical ecologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Starting from degrees in physics and zoology and a general curiosity about biological populations that change through time, he has used mathematical and statistical tools to understand a wide range of ecological, evolutionary, and epidemiological systems. In particular, he has studied the dynamics of disease in organisms as diverse as humans, red grouse, gopher tortoises, and fruit flies. Following a Ph.D. at Cambridge University studying measles epidemics and a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton studying ecosystem carbon dynamics and competition among plant species, he was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Florida (where he developed his current hyper-diverse range of interests) before moving to McMaster University.

Marta Wayne is an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, USA. She first became interested in infectious diseases during her graduate work at Princeton University, when she found an intriguing pattern of molecular evolution in a viral resistance gene in fruit flies. She returned to the subject following a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular quantitative genetics at North Carolina State University and later tenure at the University of Florida. Wayne is part of a small but energetic group working to develop Drosophila melanogaster and its viruses as a model system to understand host-parasite coevolution. She is also interested in the dynamics of virus evolution in humans.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:Transmission at different scales
    2:Influenza
    3:HIV
    4:Cholera
    5:Malaria
    6:Chytrid fungus and amphibian decline
    7:Outlook
    Further reading
    Index