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Understanding viruses
  1. Kerstin Erles


Viruses are important pathogens that are frequently encountered in veterinary practice. The diagnosis of viral infections has become more readily available owing to the development of rapid molecular methods. This article explains the basic properties of viruses, how they interact with their host and how this knowledge aids the diagnosis and control of infection. It also briefly discusses different diagnostic techniques and the challenges posed by viral evolution.

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