Special Issue "Recent Studies of Arthropod-, Bat- and Rodent-Borne Viruses: A Theme Issue in Honor of Professor Charles H. Calisher"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022.
Interests: medical entomology; emerging arboviruses; bat-borne viruses; disease ecology; vector competence; Rift Valley fever virus
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Vector-borne and zoonotic viruses continue to emerge and cause a significant threat to human and animal health. Arboviruses such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue viruses, and Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever virus have repeatedly crossed major geographic boundaries to emerge and establish in new geographic areas and populations. Zoonoses harbored in rodents and bats, two extraordinarily diverse mammalian taxa, comprise a wide array of agents pathogenic to humans. Increasing global connectivity, land use changes, and myriad vulnerabilities at the human–animal interface have facilitated the cross-species transmission and transboundary movement of these infectious agents. Still amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, knowing the identity and natural history of pathogenic viruses as well as the drivers of their emergence is paramount.
We dedicate this special issue to Dr. Charles H. Calisher, colleague, mentor, and friend, whose legacy in the field of virology is unmatched. In his early career, Dr. Calisher completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA and the Georgetown School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., USA, respectively. Over the past 60 years, he has engaged in nearly all aspects of study of viral zoonoses, with a particular emphasis on orphan pathogens, at premier international academic, private, and public health institutions. Among his many contributions to the field are the discovery and characterization of countless arboviruses around the world, investigations into the role of migratory birds in arbovirus dispersal, responses to transboundary disease outbreaks including that of Venezuelan equine encephalitis, descriptions of the natural history of hantaviruses in the Western United States, and his pioneering influence in research on the role of bats as reservoirs for emerging viruses. Dr. Calisher is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. He is world-renowned for his intellect, unparalleled writing and editorial skills, and wit that have resulted in a body of work greater than 400 documents, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, volumes, and offerings of thought-provoking opinions. Dr. Calisher’s extensive work on orphan viral zoonoses has been well recognized by numerous esteemed and highly selective international awarding bodies. In honor of Dr. Calisher’s broad-reaching, diverse, impactful, and prolific contributions, we seek manuscripts describing original research designed to improve our understanding of the diversity, ecology, epidemiology, and epizoology of arthropod-, bat-, and rodent-borne viruses. Manuscripts describing studies that further our ability to detect and understand viral zoonotic pathogenicity and disease emergence are of particular interest for publication in this Themed Issue.
Dr. Rebekah C. Kading
Dr. Amy Lambert
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- bat virus
- rodent virus