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Education Courses Epidemiology, infectious diseases I.

Epidemiology, infectious diseases I.

Method of evaluation
state exam
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
Practical lessons
veterinary (English)
Allow for
  • Vet EN

Course description

Description, acquired knowledge The subject “Infectious diseases” is taught from the foundation of the school. Since infectious diseases have always been very important in Hungary, the subject receives a special emphasis in the curriculum. It comprises general epidemiology, infectious diseases of animals caused by viruses, prions and bacteria. In the case of the different infectious diseases the history, occurrence, aetiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical signs, pathologic lesions, diagnostic methods, differential diagnostics, treatment, prevention, control are discussed, but food hygienic and public health significance are also mentioned. Teaching is carried out in the form of lectures and practicals.

After absolving the subject the students will be able to

·      recognise the clinical signs and post mortem lesions of the infectious diseases of animals,

·      promote diagnosis of infectious diseases of animals by appropriate sampling,

·      diagnose infectious diseases of animals by using laboratory methods,

·      evaluate the diagnostic results of infectious diseases of animals,

·      treat and prevent infectious diseases,

·      introduce and implement preventive measures,

·      apply veterinary and public health measures.

Prerequisites Immunology, Internal medicine 2, Pathology 3
Teaching staff

·      Fodor, László Professor

·      Forgách, Petra Senior assistant

·      Hornyák, Ákos Head of laboratory

·      Lőrincz, Márta Senior assistant

·      Makrai, László Associate professor

·      Rusvai, Miklós Professor

·      Varga, János Professor emeritus


Lectures theme



Date Lectures Topic
09. 09. 2 General epidemiology (Epi001).
13. 09. 3 General epidemiology (Epi001).
16. 09. 2 Diseases caused by circoviruses (Epi002)
20. 09. 3 Diseases caused by parvoviruses, papilloma viruses and polyoma viruses (Epi003-004)
23. 09. 2 Diseases caused by adenoviruses. (Epi005)
27. 09. 3 IBR, herpesmamillitis, malignant catarrhal fever, Aujeszky-disease, inclusion body rhinitis, equine herpesviral diseases (Epi006)
30. 09. 2 Canine herpesviral disease, feline infectious rhinotracheitis, infectious laryngotracheitis, duck plague, herpesviral disease of pigeons (Epi007)
04. 10. 3 Marek-disease (Epi007)
Diseases caused by poxviruses, orthopox diseases, pseudocowpox, bovine papular stomatitis, contagious pustular dermatitis (Epi008)
07. 10. 2 Sheep- and goat pox, lumpy skin disease, swine pox, myxomatosis, fowl pox (Epi009)
11. 10. 3 African swine fever (Epi010)
Foot and mouth disease. (Epi013)
14. 10. 2 Diseases caused by picornaviruses (Teschovirus encephalomyelitis, swine vesicular disease, vesicular disease of pigs caused by Senecavirus A, avian encephalomyelitis (Epi011), duck viral hepatitis, encephalomyocarditis. Diseases caused by Astroviruses (Epi012)
18.10. 3 Diseases caused by caliciviruses (vesicular exanthema of swine, feline calicivirus infection, rabbit haemorrhagic disease, EBHS. Diseases caused by Hepatitis E virus (Epi014)
Infectious bursitis (Epi017)
Equine viral encephalomyelitis (Epi018)
21.10. 2 Diseases caused by reoviruses (bluetongue, African horse sickness, equine encephalosis, epizootic haemorrhagic disease), diseases caused by rotaviruses (Epi015-016)
25. 10. 3 Orthoreoviruses, poultry diseases caused by reoviruses (Epi015-016)
Diseases caused by flaviviruses (tick borne encephalitis, louping ill, West Nile fever, disease caused by Usutu virus, other flaviviral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, BVD, Border disease). (Epi019a-b)
28. 10. 2 Classical swine fever (Epi020). Diseases caused by Bunyaviruses (Epi021).
04. 11. 2 Diseases caused by orthomyxoviruses (swine influenza, equine influenza, avian influenza). (Epi022)
08. 11. 3 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses (Parainfluenza, rinderpest, PPR, canine distemper, Newcastle disease). (Epi023-024)
11.11. 2 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses. (Hendra, Nipah, disease caused by bovine respiratory syncytial virus, avian metapneumovirus infections). (Epi023-024)
15.11. Diseases caused by arteriviruses (equine infectious arteritis, PRRS). (Epi025)
Diseases caused by coronaviruses (coronaviral disease of cattle, TGE, porcine epidemic diarrhoea, diarrhoea of pigs caused by delta-coronavirus, haemagglutinating encephalomyelitis of pigs). (Epi026-027)
18.11. 2 Diseases caused by coronaviruses (feline infectious peritonitis, coronaviral enteritis of dogs, infectious bronchitis of chicken, coronaviral enteritis of turkey). (Epi026-027)
22.11. 3 Diseases caused by rhabdoviruses (vesicular stomatitis, ephemeral fever, rabies). (Epi028)
25.11. 2 Diseases caused by retroviruses (enzootic bovine leukosis, ovine pulmonary adenomatosis, feline leucosis). (Epi029)
29.11. 3 Diseases caused by retroviruses (avian leucosis, reticuloendotheliosis, maedi-visna, caprine arthritis-encephalitis). (Epi030). Equine infectious anaemia, acquired immune deficiency of animals. Borna disease. (Epi031).
02.12. 2 Transmissible encephalopathies. (Epi032)
06.12. 3 Anthrax. (Epi033).
Gas gangrene diseases caused by Clostridia (Epi034)
09.12. 2 Diseases caused by clostridia (enterotoxaemic diseases, intoxications, clostridial diseases of poultry). (Epi035).
13.12. 3 Staphylococcosis, straptococcosis. (Epi036)



Practical lessons theme


07-11. October General aspects of diagnosis of infectious diseases, sampling to laboratory examinations, transportation of the samples. (Epi101)
14-18. October Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of cattle caused by viruses. (Epi102)
28-31. October Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of dogs and cats caused by viruses. (Epi103)
4-8. November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of swine caused by viruses. (Epi105)
11-15. November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of poultry caused by viruses. (Epi104)
18-22. November. Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of horses caused by viruses. (Epi106)
02.12. 7.15 Retake


Evaluation description

Evaluation ·      Lectures serve as the basis of the subject, active participation at the lectures is precondition of a successful examination.

·      There are two written midterm tests; their result is the basis of the practical grade.

·      The midterms are on the 14th October and 11th November at 7.15 a.m. The first midterm includes topics till the lecture on the 7th October, and in the second there will be questions about the diseases discussed till the lecture on the 4th November inclusive.

·      Groups 1-4 write the midterm in the Magyary-Kossa lecture hall, groups 5-8 have the midterm in the Hetzel lecture hall.

·      The retakes will be on the 21st October and on the 18th November in the Hetzel lecture hall at 7.15 a.m.

·      The re-retake is on the 25th November in the Hetzel lecture hall at 7.15 a.m.

·      There are 80 statements in each of the tests; the students have to decide whether the statement is true or false.

·      Evaluation: Excellent (75-80 points), Good (70-74 points), Satisfactory (65-69 points), Passing (60-64 points). Not enough (59 point or less)

·      There is a retake after each midterm for students who were absent or failed.

·      The semester can be accepted if both written tests are written at least at a passing (Note 2) level.

Exam information

Exam information ·      Exam is at the end of the spring semester after completing Epidemiology, infectious diseases II.