|Year of Publication:||2008|
|Series Editor:||H. Mehlhorn|
|Series Title:||Encyclopedia Parasitology|
|Publisher:||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
Preface to the Third Edition by Prof. Mehlhorn
Globalization is the term of our time, and includes a daily constant and extremely rapid transportation of millions of humans and animals, plants, foods, and goods over often far distances from one region of the world to any other and back.
This, of course, has increased the likelihood of a broad and intensive import and export of parasites, their vectors and/or transmitted agents of diseases, which may give rise to the local endemics arising worldwide or even pandemics of considerable impact for human and animal health and all related economic factors. Thus there are no more tropical diseases, which can be avoided by not entering such countries. Today we have traveler’s disease, we have local zoonoses, and we have diseases due to imported animals and plants. The latter may have severe consequences in countries where such diseases had been absent up to now since the people, animals, and plants have not had the chance to develop immunity or other means of protection. An example is the Blue-tongue-virusdisease of ruminants – transmitted by ceratopogonid bloodsuckers, which in summer 2006 was apparently imported (inside game animals) from South Africa to Central Europe and has spread within a few months in the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France, and wide regions of Germany seriously harming the rearing of cattle and sheep.
Therefore, we are aware that the knowledge in the field of parasitology – especially in transmission, diagnosis, and treatment – must be kept at a high level and up to date in order to fight a parasitosis, from wherever, as quickly and effectively as possible.
The presentation of our third edition of the Encyclopedia of Parasitology contributes to these goals in several ways. The number of keywords has been increased by about 30%, their contents include important new knowledge gained since 2001, and perception of the facts has been ameliorated by adding 20% more tables, more figures, and an even closer connection by setting more links from one keyword to another. The quick and effective finding of updated information in human, veterinary, and biological aspects of parasitology is offered by more than 40
The third edition is presented as two volumes, sorted A to Z, and in an online version, both of which make it easy for all users to obtain the needed information within a minimum of time. I am very grateful to all coauthors for their intensive, quick reviewing and serious updating of their keywords. I also wish to express my thanks to the readers of the second edition for their broad acceptance of our book, since the
Vol 1 A - M With contributions by
Vol 2 N-Z With contributions by
Some pages found relevant to lice are pg 89, 418, 430, 579, 648, 652-659, 715-719, 722, 731, 1131. They may be other pages with lice info.
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