Viral Infectious Diseases in Wild Animals in Japan
Hiroshi Shimoda, Yumiko Nagao, Masayuki Shimojima, and Ken Maeda
Laboratory of Veterinary Microbiology, Faculty of Agriculture, Yamaguchi University, 1677-1 Yoshida, Yamaguchi 753-8515, Japan
Even limited to mammals, there exist more than 5,000 species of wild animals. Because each wild animal is the natural host of specific viruses, the total number of viruses in wild animals is enormous. Although it is impossible to cover all the infectious diseases caused by such viruses, accumulation of data on viral infectious diseases is important. In this paper, some of the latest findings acquired from our studies on viral infectious diseases in wild animals will be introduced.
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