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Epizootic
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Epizootics are outbreaks of infectious disease that are epidemic in spread and duration and that, as pandemics, can threaten domestic and wild animals. Examples include rinderpest, foot and mouth disease, glanders, sheep mange and sheeppox, and swine erisypelas. Some epizootic pathogens can be transmitted directly or indirectly to humans (zoonotic diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, anthrax, rabies). The history of veterinary medicine still lacks a study of epizootics and attempts to control them in the early modern period [3. 6, 14 f.]. Publications on the subject of…

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Schöller, Rainer G., “Epizootic”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_029763>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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