Veterinary medicine
Study-unit Code
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Fabrizio Passamonti
  • Fabrizio Passamonti
  • 26 ore - Fabrizio Passamonti
Course Regulation
Coorte 2017
Learning activities
Discipline delle malattie infettive ed infestive
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Emphasize the importance in terms of economic and social impact of tropical diseases in the twenty-first century, deepening the aspects related to the mode of diffusion diagnostics and preventive measures.
Reference texts
Farina-Scatozza :Malattie infettive degli animali UTET II° edizione
O.M. Radostits, J.H. Arundel, Clive C. Gay: Veterinary Medicine: a textbook of the diseases of cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and horses, Ed. Saunders, 2007, 10 edizione.
Benazzi P., Il Regolamento di Polizia veterinaria Esculapio 2011.

OIE Manual (Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals 2012) http://www.oie.int/international-standard-setting/terrestrial-manual/access-online/)
Teaching material used by the lecturer during the lesson and available in Unistudium
Educational objectives
After completing the course, students will acquire useful knowledge to identify and address a tropical disease. They will have to know how to set up a diagnostic protocol based on both the clinical and pathological characteristics of the etiological agents examined. To know the prophylactic measures both direct and indirect to be put in place in order to limit the spreading of the disease in relation to the provisions in the Regulations of Veterinary Police and the OIE Manual.
Teaching methods
The course is organized as follows:
18 hours - lectures on all the topics of the program;
6 hours - laboratory exercises on the main techniques of isolation and typing of infectious agents, bacteria and viruses, on biomolecular methods and the most used serological tests.

The students are divided into 4 groups.
2 hours of clinical rotation: students divided into 11 teams of 5 students, collaborate with the teacher in the management, processing, and execution of laboratory methods from suspected infectious disease etiology.
Extended program
Definition of tropical desease; listing of tropical diseases according to their spreading capability and possibility (1 hour)
Diseases caused by viruses :
Family Flaviviridae: Japanese encephalitis complex:Usutu virus West Nile Disease
Fam. Togaviride: Estern equine encephalitis; Western equine encephalitis; Venezuelan equine encephalitis (3 hours)
Fam. Paramyxoviridae:goat plague, Virus Hendra, Virus Nipah (1 hour)
Fam. Reoviridae: African horse sickness, Blue tongue (3 hours)
Fam. Asfarviridae: African swine fever (1,5 hours)
Fam. Bunyaviridae: Schmallenberg disease, Rift valley fever, Nairobi sheep disease (1 hour)
Fam. Herpesviridae: Malignant catarrhal fever (1 hour)
Fam. Poxviridae: Lumpy skin disease (1 hour).
Diseases caused by bacteria:
Family Mycoplasmataceae: Contagious bovine pleuropneumonia Fam. Anaplasmataceae: Heartwater; (1,5 hours)
Fam. Burkholderiaceae: Glanders, Melioidosis (1,5 hours)
Fam. Bacillaceae: Antrax (1,5 hours)
Cross-border interventions,interventions at a contry's border, inland interventions (1 hour)
Isolation and typing techniques of bacterial and viral agents (3 hours practical lesson)
Serological tests (3 hours practical lesson)
Clinical rotation (2 hours)
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