Writing the history of endemic viral disease: The case of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea, c1945-80

Woods, Abigail (2022) Writing the history of endemic viral disease: The case of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea, c1945-80. Social History of Medicine . ISSN 0951-631X

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Abstract

In western countries during the post-WWII decades, endemic viral diseases were
increasingly important to health. Such diseases have attracted limited historical
attention. Due to changing methods of livestock production, they were particularly
prevalent on the farm. This article uses a case study of the cattle disease, Bovine
Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), to demonstrate their historical significance. Spanning North
America, the UK and Australia, it reveals the complex nature of BVD, and how and why its clinical, aetiological, epidemiological, and host species identities evolved over time. This analysis sheds new light on how endemic viral diseases of livestock were experienced, understood and distributed in this period, and the influence exerted by
changing agricultural practices, concerns about biological warfare, and the development of virology as applied to veterinary medicine.

Keywords:Endemic disease, Bovine viral diarrhoea, livestock, veterinary medicine, virology
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V390 History by Topic not elsewhere classified
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V210 British History
Divisions:College of Arts
ID Code:47697
Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 17:01

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