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Education Courses Epidemiology, infectious diseases I.

Epidemiology, infectious diseases I.

Method of evaluation
practical grade + semi-final examination
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 results of diagnostic tests of infectious diseases of animals,

·      treat and prevent infectious diseases,

·      introduce and implement preventive measures,

·      apply appropriate veterinary and public health measures.

Prerequisites Immunology, Internal medicine 2, Pathology 3
Teaching staff

·      Fodor, László Professor

·      Forgách, Petra Senior assistant

·      Lőrincz, Márta Senior assistant

·      Malik, Péter Head of department

·      Rusvai, Miklós Professor

Plenary practicals

·      The topic of the plenary practicals is the differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of the different animal species.

·      Attending plenary practicals is compulsory. In case of absence – including justified ones (e.g. clinical work) – missing practicals have to be retaken. Retake happens in the form of a written exam at 7.15 on the 7th December in the Hetzel lecture hall.

·      Plenary practicals are held in the form of two-hour-long sessions on the weeks published on the homepage.

Teaching environment Computer aided lectures are given in one of the lecture theatres of the campus (Monday: Plósz lecture hall; Friday: Magyary-Kossa lecture hall). In the framework of power point presentations clinical signs and lesions of the diseases are shown on slide and video films. Plenary practicals are held in the Marek lecture hall.
Recommended literature

·      Aiello, S.E. (Ed. ch.): The Merck Veterinary Manual 11th Ed. Merck & Co. Inc. 2016

·      Greene, C.E. (Ed.) Infectious diseases of the dog and cat. 4th Ed. Saunders, 2012.

·      Gyles, C.L. et al. (Eds): Pathogenesis in bacterial infections in animals. 4th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.


·      Peek, S. – Divers, T.J. (Eds.): Rebhun’s diseases of dairy cattle 3rd Ed. Saunders, 2018

·      Sellon, D.C., Long, M.T. (Eds) Equine infectious Diseases. 2nd Ed. Elsevier, 2014.

·      Swayne, E.D. (Ed. ch.): Diseases of poultry. 14th Ed. Blackwell. 2019

·      Timoney, J.F. et al. (Eds.): Hagan and Brunner’s Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 8th Ed. Comstock Publishing Associates 1988.

·      Zimmerman, J.J. et al. (Eds.): Diseases of swine. 11th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2019.

·      Downloadable documents: Power point presentations from the previous academic year are uploaded in order to support students in making own notes. At the end of the semester power point documents of the actual year will be uploaded


Lectures theme



Date Lectures Topic
14. 09. 2 General epidemiology (Epi001).
18. 09. 3 General epidemiology (Epi001).
21. 09. 2 Diseases caused by circoviruses (Epi002)
25. 09. 3 Diseases caused by parvoviruses, papilloma viruses and polyoma viruses (Epi003-004)
28. 09. 2 Diseases caused by adenoviruses. (Epi005)
02. 10. 3 IBR, herpesmamillitis, malignant catarrhal fever, Aujeszky-disease, inclusion body rhinitis, equine herpesviral diseases (Epi006)
05. 10. 2 Canine herpesviral disease, feline infectious rhinotracheitis, infectious laryngotracheitis, duck plague, herpesviral disease of pigeons (Epi007)
09. 10. 3 Marek-disease (Epi007)
Diseases caused by poxviruses, orthopox diseases, pseudocowpox, bovine papular stomatitis, contagious pustular dermatitis (Epi008)
12. 10. 2 Sheep- and goat pox, lumpy skin disease, swine pox, myxomatosis, fowl pox (Epi009)
16. 10. 3 African swine fever (Epi010)
Foot and mouth disease. (Epi013)
19. 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)
26.10. 2 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)
30.10. 3 Equine viral encephalomyelitis (Epi018)
Diseases caused by reoviruses (bluetongue, African horse sickness, equine encephalosis, epizootic haemorrhagic disease), diseases caused by rotaviruses (Epi015-016)
02.11. 2 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)
06.11. 3 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)
Classical swine fever (Epi020).
Diseases caused by Bunyaviruses (Epi021).
09. 11. 2 Diseases caused by orthomyxoviruses (swine influenza, equine influenza, avian influenza). (Epi022)
13. 11. 3 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses (Parainfluenza, rinderpest, PPR, canine distemper. (Epi023-024)
16.11. 2 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses. (Hendra, Nipah, disease caused by bovine respiratory syncytial virus, avian metapneumovirus infections). (Epi023-024)
Newcastle disease. (Epi023-024)
20.11. 3 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)
23.11. 2 Diseases caused by coronaviruses (feline infectious peritonitis, coronaviral enteritis of dogs, infectious bronchitis of chicken, coronaviral enteritis of turkey). (Epi026-027)
27.11. 3 Diseases caused by rhabdoviruses (vesicular stomatitis, ephemeral fever, rabies). (Epi028)
30.11. 2 Diseases caused by retroviruses (enzootic bovine leukosis, ovine pulmonary adenomatosis, feline leucosis). (Epi029)
04.12. 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).
07.12. 2 Transmissible encephalopathies. (Epi032)
11.12. 3 Anthrax. (Epi033).
Gas gangrene diseases caused by Clostridia (Epi034)
14.12. 2 Diseases caused by clostridia (enterotoxaemic diseases, intoxications, clostridial diseases of poultry). (Epi035).
18.12. 3 Staphylococcosis, streptococcosis. (Epi036)


Practical lessons theme

Plenary practicals


12-16. October General aspects of diagnosis of infectious diseases, sampling to laboratory examinations, transportation of the samples. (Epi101)
19-22. October Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of dogs and cats caused by viruses. (Epi103)
26-30. October Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of cattle caused by viruses. (Epi102)
2-6. November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of swine caused by viruses. (Epi105)
9-13. November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of poultry caused by viruses. (Epi104)
16-20. November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of horses caused by viruses. (Epi106)
7th December 7.15 Retake

Evaluation description

·      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 19th October and 16th November. The first midterm includes topics till the lecture on the 13th October, and in the second there will be questions about the diseases discussed till the lecture on the 10th November inclusive.

·      The midterms will be online written exams using the Unipoll system.

·      The retakes will be on the 26th October and on the 23rd November.

·      The re-retake will be on the 30th November.

·      There will be 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 and a re-retake at the end of November for students who were absent or failed.

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

Exam information

Exam is at the end of the spring semester after completing Epidemiology, infectious diseases 2.