Human Pathogenic Viruses


Human pathogenic viruses are submicroscopic infectious agents that multiply only inside living cells and which cause disease in humans.

Keywords: virus; pathogenesis; human infections

Further Reading

Benenson AS (ed.) (1995) Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. Washington, DC: American Public Health Association. [A useful reference covering virus (and other) infections with a more epidemiological slant.]

Cann A (1993) Principles of Molecular Virology. London: Academic Press. [A basic introduction to molecular virology.]

Collier L, Balows A and Sussman M (eds) (1998) Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. Vol. 1: Virology. London: Arnold. [An up‐to‐date reference text covering viruses and virus infections in some detail and with a clinical bias.]

Mandell GL, Bennett JE and Dolin R (eds.) (1995) Mandell, Douglas & Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 4th edn. New York: Churchill Livingstone. [A detailed, two‐volume reference text covering the clinical aspects of virus infections.]

Mitchinson MJ (ed.) (1995) Essentials of Pathology. Oxford: Blackwell Science. [Virology chapters provide a basic introduction to the virus infections and replication.]

White DO and Fenner FJ (1996) Medical Virology, 4th edn. London: Academic Press. [Classic and best introductory text for human medical virology.]

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McKee, Tom, and Minson, Tony(Apr 2001) Human Pathogenic Viruses. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000424]