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Education Courses Epidemiology, infectious diseases I.

Epidemiology, infectious diseases I.

Method of evaluation
practical grade
Year in the curriculum
Semester in the curriculum
Practical lessons
veterinary (English)
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  • Vet EN

Course description

Description, acquired knowledge The subject “Infectious diseases” has been 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 plenary 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 and facilitate the 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

·      László Fodor dr. full professor

·      Miklós Tenk dr. associate professor

·      Márta Lőrincz  dr. assistant professor

·      Petra Forgách  dr. assistant professor

·      Anna Kollár dr. assistant professor

·      Levente Szeredi  dr. assistant professor

·      András Marosi dr. assistant professor

Plenary practicals

·      The class is divided at the plenary practicals.

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

·      Attending plenary practicals is compulsory. In the case of absence – including the justified ones (e.g. clinical work) – missing practicals have to be retaken. Retake happens in the form of a written exam, where some questions are put related to the study material of the practical.

·      Plenary practicals are held in the form of two-hour-long sessions from 25 October 2023.

Teaching environment The design of the lecture, slides on clinical signs and lesions of the diseases are in power point presentations sometimes with additional videos.
Recommended literature

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

·      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

·      Sykes, J.: Greene’s Infectious diseases of the dog and cat. 5th. Ed., Saunders. 2016.

·      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: Lecture materials are continuously uploaded on the moodle homepage. Presentations from the previous academic are also available here in order to support students in making own notes.

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


Lectures theme



Date Lectures Topic
07. 09. 2 General epidemiology (Epi001).
09. 09. 2 General epidemiology (Epi001).
12. 09. 2 Diseases caused by circoviruses (Epi002).
15. 09. 2 Diseases caused by parvoviruses, papilloma viruses and polyoma viruses (Epi003-004).
21. 09. 2 Diseases caused by adenoviruses (Epi005).
22. 09. 2 IBR, herpesmamillitis, malignant catarrhal fever, Aujeszky-disease, inclusion body rhinitis (Epi006).
28. 09. 2 Equine herpesviral diseases (Epi006), canine herpesviral disease, feline infectious rhinotracheitis (Epi007a).
29. 09. 2 Infectious laryngotracheitis, duck plague, herpesviral disease of pigeons, Marek-disease (Epi007a, b).
05. 10. 2 Diseases caused by poxviruses, orthopox diseases, pseudocowpox, bovine papular stomatitis, contagious pustular dermatitis (Epi008).
06. 10. 2 Sheep- and goat pox, lumpy skin disease, swine pox, myxomatosis, fowl pox (Epi009).
12. 10. 2 African swine fever (Epi010), diseases caused by caliciviruses (vesicular exanthema of swine, feline calicivirus infection, rabbit haemorrhagic disease, EBHS (Epi014a).
13. 10. 2 Diseases caused by Hepatitis E virus (Epi014), equine viral encephalomyelitis (Epi018).
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).
20. 10. 2 Foot and mouth disease. (Epi013), infectious bursitis (Epi017).
26. 10. 2 Diseases caused by reoviruses (bluetongue, African horse sickness, equine encephalosis, epizootic haemorrhagic disease), diseases caused by rotaviruses (Epi015-016).
27.10. 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) (Epi019a, b).
02.11. Rector’s break
03.11. Rector’s break
09. 11. 2 Diseases caused by flaviviruses (other flaviviral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, BVD, Border disease) (Epi019a-b).
10. 11. 2 Diseases caused by orthomyxoviruses (swine influenza, equine influenza, avian influenza) (Epi022).
16. 11. 2 Classical swine fever (Epi020), diseases caused by bunyaviruses (Epi021).
17. 11. 2 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses (parainfluenza, rinderpest, PPR, canine distemper (Epi023-024).
23. 11. 2 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses. (Hendra, Nipah, disease caused by bovine respiratory syncytial virus, avian metapneumovirus infections) (Epi023-024).
24. 11. 2 Newcastle disease (Epi023-024), diseases caused by bornaviruses (Epi031b).
30. 11. 2 Diseases caused by arteriviruses (equine infectious arteritis, PRRS). (Epi025), Diseases caused by coronaviruses (coronaviral disease of cattle,
01. 12. 2 TGE, porcine epidemic diarrhoea, diarrhoea of pigs caused by delta-coronavirus, haemagglutinating encephalomyelitis of pigs) (Epi026-027). Diseases caused by coronaviruses (feline infectious peritonitis, coronaviral enteritis of dogs
07. 12. 2 Infectious bronchitis of chicken, coronaviral enteritis of turkey) (Epi026-027). Diseases caused by rhabdoviruses (vesicular stomatitis, ephemeral fever, rabies) (Epi028).
08. 12. 2 Diseases caused by rhabdoviruses (rabies) (Epi028).
14. 12. 2 Diseases caused by retroviruses (enzootic bovine leukosis, ovine pulmonary adenomatosis, feline leucosis) (Epi029).
15. 12. 2 Diseases caused by retroviruses (avian leucosis, reticuloendotheliosis, maedi-visna, caprine arthritis-encephalitis) (Epi030), equine infectious anaemia, acquired immune deficiency of animals (Epi031).

Practical lessons theme



10.25-10.26. General aspects of the diagnosis of infectious diseases. Rules of the sampling and sample submission to the laboratory.  (JtA01)
11.01-11.02. Rector’s break
08.11.-09.11. Differential diagnosis of the infectious diseases of swine I (JtA01)


-Digestive tract

-Respiratory tract


15.11.-16.11. Differential diagnosis of the infectious diseases of swine II (JtA02)

-Diseases causing septicaemia and viraemia

-Urinary and genital tract


-Nervous system


-Notifiable diseases

22.11.-23.11. Differential diagnosis of the infectious diseases of horse I (JtA03)


-Digestive tract

-Respiratory tract


-Urinary and genital tract

29.11.-30.11. Differential diagnosis of the infectious diseases of horse II (JtA04)

-Diseases causing septicaemia and viraemia


-Nervous system


-Notifiable diseases

06.12.-07.12. Differential diagnosis of the infectious diseases of cattle I (JtA05)


-Digestive tract

-Respiratory tract


13.12.-14.12. Differential diagnosis of the infectious diseases of cattle II (JtA06)

-Diseases causing septicaemia and viraemia

-Urinary and genital tract


-Nervous system


-Notifiable diseases


11.12.-15.12. Retakes

Evaluation description

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

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

·      The midterms are on the dates indicated below. The first midterm includes topics up to the lecture on  05 October 2023, and in the second one, there will be questions about the diseases discussed up to the lecture on 10 November inclusive.

·      The midterms will be paper-based written exams starting at 07.15, at the University.

·      There will be 80 true-false statements in each written test.

·      Evaluation: Excellent (75-80 points), Good (70-74 points), Satisfactory (65-69 points), Pass (60-64 points). Fail (59 points or less)

·      There will be a retake after each midterm and a re-retake at the end of the semester for those students that were absent or failed at the test.

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


·      Midterms and retakes:

·      The class will be divided into 2 for the midterms

·      In the plenary practical retake, 3 questions will be put on the topic of the missed practical

MT1 12. 10. 7:15 AM

Kotlán (plenary Gr. 1)

Hetzel (plenary Gr. 2)

MT1 retake 17. 10. 7:15 AM, Hetzel → Magyary-Kossa
MT2 16. 11. 7:15 AM

Kotlán  (plenary Gr. 1)

Tolnay  (plenary Gr. 2)

MT2 retake 21. 11. 7:15 AM, Magyary-Kossa
MT1 and MT2 re-retake 05. 12. 7:15 AM, Zlamál
Plenary practical retake Week of 11.12.


Exam information

After completing Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases II, students will have a final exam, which will include the study materials of both semesters (EID I and EID II).

To be eligible for the oral final exam, the students must pass a written entry test, where out of  28 questions, 21 must be answered correctly to pass and to be able to continue with the oral exam.

Those students can be given exemption from the entry test, who reached an average of at least 4.5 of the four midterms of EID I and EID II. Repeated or retake test results do not count in the average!

The final result of the exam is calculated as follows:

Component Weight
Average of MT1+MT2+MT3+MT4 0.25
Oral exam 0.75


In the oral exam, the complete lack of knowledge, even in one of the 3 drawn questions will result in a failed exam, independently of the average of the written tests.

In the oral exam, the notifiable diseases, zoonoses and diseases of food-safety importance are considered as priority questions.

In the case of retakes, the entry test has to be filled out in every occasion, independently of the reason of the failed exam.