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Infectious Diseases of Dromedary Camels

A Concise Guide

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  • Serves as a quick reference for infectious diseases in camels
  • Enhances the readers’ understanding on epidemiology and zoonotic transmission of pathogens such as MERS-CoV
  • Provides strategies for disease prevention and treatment

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This book serves as a comprehensive yet concise reference guide reviewing the latest knowledge on bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infectious diseases of old world dromedary camels. Pathogen etiology, clinical manifestations and diagnostic techniques are provided for each pathogen and disease prevention and treatment strategies are discussed.

Despite a steady increase in camel husbandry worldwide, the pathologies of camel diseases are still relatively under investigated in comparison to other livestock and companion animals. With an ongoing worldwide prevalence increase, infectious diseases are a constant threat to animal and human health. In recent years dromedary camels have become a focus of increasing public health interest since they have been considered the direct source of zoonotic transmission of MERS-CoV to humans. Along these lines, the book covers topics related to zoonotic infections associated with camels.

This book offers a valuable source of information for veterinary clinicians, researchers, graduate students, veterinary technicians and interested laymen.

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Table of contents (49 chapters)

  1. Viral Diseases of Dromedary Camels

  2. Bacterial Diseases of Dromedary Camels

Authors and Affiliations

  • Veterinary Laboratories Division, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Abdelmalik I. Khalafalla

  • Dumfries, USA

    Mansour F. Hussein

About the authors

Professor Abdelmalik I. Khalafalla obtained his PhD from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1997, and received post-doctoral training at the Federal Research Center for Virus Diseases of Animals in Tuebingen, Germany, April 2001 - January 2003. He is currently Microbiology Specialist at the Division of Veterinary Laboratories, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, UAE. He is actively involved in laboratory diagnosis of virus infections in farm animals in UAE. He worked as Head of the Camel Research and Development Program at the Arab Centre for the Studies of the Arid Zones and Dry lands (ACSAD) during 2009 and 2012 and Head of the Microbiology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Khartoum in 2004 and the Director of the Camel Research Center in 2007. He served as the president of the International Society for Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) from 2012 to 2015. He published over 90 research articles, reviews and book chapters.

Prof. Khalafalla is an expert on infections affecting dromedary camels and serves as a consultant on camelid diseases for the World Animal Health Organization (OIE). He is a member of national and international professional societies and serves on the editorial board of some scientific journals, as well as being an invited reviewer for many journals from related fields. He is an external scientific reviewer for national and international organizations and serves as a scientific consultant for camel diseases and development.

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