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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” 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

·      Fodor, László DVM, Professor

·      Forgách, Petra DVM, Senior assistant

·      Lőrincz, Márta DVM, Senior assistant

·      Makrai, László DVM, Associate professor

·      Malik, Péter DVM, Head of laboratory

·      Tenk, Miklós DVM, Associate professor

Plenary practicals

·      The class is divided at the plenary practicals, there are separate plenary practicals for groups 1-6 and groups 7-10.

·      The topic of the plenary practicals is the differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of the 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 at 7.15 on the 13th December 2021 in the Hetzel lecture hall.

·      Plenary practicals are held in the form of two-hour-long sessions from 2nd November 2021.

Teaching environment The class is divided at the lectures, there are separate ones for groups 1-6 (Urbányi lecture hall), and groups 7-10 (Monday: Magyary-Kossa lecture hall, Thursday: Plósz lecture hall). Computer aided lectures are given. The design of the lecture, slides on clinical signs and lesions of the diseases are in power point presentations sometimes together with 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
Gr 1-6 Gr. 7-10
13. 09. 15. 09. 2 General epidemiology (Epi001).
17. 09. 16. 09. 2 General epidemiology (Epi001).
20. 09. 22. 09. 2 Diseases caused by circoviruses (Epi002).
24. 09. 23. 09. 2 Diseases caused by parvoviruses, papilloma viruses and polyoma viruses (Epi003-004).
27. 09. 29. 09. 2 Diseases caused by adenoviruses (Epi005).
01. 10. 30. 09. 2 IBR, herpesmamillitis, malignant catarrhal fever, Aujeszky-disease, inclusion body rhinitis (Epi006).
04. 10. 06. 10. 2 Equine herpesviral diseases (Epi006), canine herpesviral disease, feline infectious rhinotracheitis (Epi007a).
08. 10. 07. 10. 2 Infectious laryngotracheitis, duck plague, herpesviral disease of pigeons, Marek-disease (Epi007a, b).
11. 10. 13. 10. 2 Diseases caused by poxviruses, orthopox diseases, pseudocowpox, bovine papular stomatitis, contagious pustular dermatitis (Epi008).
15. 10. 14. 10. 2 Sheep- and goat pox, lumpy skin disease, swine pox, myxomatosis, fowl pox (Epi009).
18. 10. 20. 10. 2 African swine fever (Epi010), diseases caused by caliciviruses (vesicular exanthema of swine, feline calicivirus infection, rabbit haemorrhagic disease, EBHS (Epi014a).
22. 10. 21. 10. 2 Diseases caused by Hepatitis E virus (Epi014), equine viral encephalomyelitis (Epi018).
25. 10. 27. 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).
29. 10. 28. 10. 2 Foot and mouth disease. (Epi013), infectious bursitis (Epi017).
01. 11. 03. 11. 2 Diseases caused by reoviruses (bluetongue, African horse sickness, equine encephalosis, epizootic haemorrhagic disease), diseases caused by rotaviruses (Epi015-016).
05.11. 04. 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) (Epi019a, b).
08. 11. 10. 11. 2 Diseases caused by flaviviruses (other flaviviral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, BVD, Border disease) (Epi019a-b).
12. 11. 11. 11. 2 Classical swine fever (Epi020), diseases caused by bunyaviruses (Epi021).
15. 10. 17. 11. 2 Diseases caused by orthomyxoviruses (swine influenza, equine influenza, avian influenza) (Epi022).
19. 11. 18. 11. 2 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses (parainfluenza, rinderpest, PPR, canine distemper (Epi023-024).
22. 11. 24. 11. 2 Diseases caused by paramyxoviruses. (Hendra, Nipah, disease caused by bovine respiratory syncytial virus, avian metapneumovirus infections) (Epi023-024).
26. 11. 25. 11. 2 Newcastle disease (Epi023-024), diseases caused by bornaviruses (Epi031b).
29. 11. 01. 12. 2 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).
03. 12. 02. 12. 2 Diseases caused by coronaviruses (feline infectious peritonitis, coronaviral enteritis of dogs, infectious bronchitis of chicken, coronaviral enteritis of turkey) (Epi026-027).
06. 12. 08. 12. 2 Diseases caused by arteriviruses (equine infectious arteritis, PRRS). (Epi025), diseases caused by rhabdoviruses (vesicular stomatitis, ephemeral fever, rabies) (Epi028).
10. 12. 09. 12. 2 Diseases caused by rhabdoviruses (rabies) (Epi028).
13. 12. 15. 12. 2 Diseases caused by retroviruses (enzootic bovine leukosis, ovine pulmonary adenomatosis, feline leucosis) (Epi029).
17. 12. 16. 12. 2 Diseases caused by retroviruses (avian leucosis, reticuloendotheliosis, maedi-visna, caprine arthritis-encephalitis) (Epi030), equine infectious anaemia, acquired immune deficiency of animals (Epi031a).


Practical lessons theme

Plenary practicals


3-4 November General aspects of diagnosis of infectious diseases, sampling to laboratory examinations, transportation of the samples (Epi101).
10-11 November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of cattle caused by viruses (Epi102).
17-18 November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of swine caused by viruses (Epi105).
24-25 November Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of dogs and cats caused by viruses (Epi103).
1-2 December Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of poultry caused by viruses (Epi104).
8-9 December Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of horses caused by viruses (Epi106).
15-16 December Differential diagnosis of infectious diseases of sheep and goats caused by viruses (Epi107).
13th December 7.15 Retake


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 20th October 2021 and 24th November 2021. The first midterm includes topics up to the lecture on the 15th October 2021, and in the second one, there will be questions about the diseases discussed up to the lecture on the 17th November inclusive.

·      The retakes will be on the 27th October 2021 and on the 1st December 2021.

·      The re-retake will be on the 8th December 2021.

·      The midterms will be online written exams using the Unipoll system, starting at 19.30.

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

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

Exam information

Examination after completing Epidemiology, infectious diseases 2.