Polymicrobial Diseases

Editors: Kim A. Brogden1, Janet M. Guthmiller2
Affiliations: 1: Respiratory Diseases of Livestock Research Unit National Animal Disease Center Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of AgricultureAmes, Iowa; 2: Department of Periodontics and Dows Institute for Dental Research College of Dentistry The University of IowaIowa City, Iowa
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2002

Category: Clinical Microbiology

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Polymicrobial diseases, those involving more than one etiologic agent, are more common than is generally realized and include respiratory diseases, gastroenteritis, conjunctivitis, keratitis, hepatitis, periodontal diseases, multiple sclerosis, genital infections, intra-abdominal infections, and pertussis.

This new volume provides an overview of the current knowledge of these mixed infections in both animals and humans and explores the contribution to disease made by interacting and mutually reinforcing pathogens, which may involve bacteria, viruses, or parasites interacting with each other or bacteria interacting with fungi and viruses. The emphasis is on identifying polymicrobial diseases, understanding the complex etiology of these diseases, recognizing difficulties in establishing methods for their study, identifying mechanisms of pathogenesis, and assessing appropriate methods of treatments.

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