Introduction: Foot-and-mouth Disease: Much Progress But Still a Lot to Learn
David J. Rowlands
from: Foot-and-Mouth Disease Virus: Current Research and Emerging Trends (Edited by: Francisco Sobrino and Esteban Domingo). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2017) Pages: 1-12.
Several massive outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) around the turn of the century, and in particular the 2001 outbreak in the UK, provided the incentive for assembling and publishing the first edition of 'Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Current Perspectives' in 2004. It is now more than a decade since the first edition was published and the editors deemed that it is appropriate to publish this second edition which summarises some of the advances in control and prevention of the disease and in fundamental understanding of virus replication that have occurred during that time. Much progress has been made, as evidenced in the following chapters, but FMD remains as one of the most important threats to the agriculture industry and more needs to be done. Similarly, our fundamental understanding of the structure and function of the virus and its genome has advanced significantly but there remain a number of intriguing unanswered questions, many of which appear to be specific to this fascinating virus read more ...