Dr. Sunit K. Singh is a scientist and leads a research group in the area of neurovirology and inflammation biology at the prestigious Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India. His main areas of research interest are emerging and re-emerging viral infections, neurovirology, inflammation biology, and immunology. Dr. Singh has received several awards, including the Skinner Memorial Award, Travel Grant Awards, NIH-Fogarty Fellowship, and Young Scientist Award. He is associated with several international journals of repute as an associate editor and editorial board member. Dr. Daniel Ruzek is a head of the Department of Virology and head of the Research Group on Emerging Viral Infections at the Veterinary Research Institute, Brno, Czech Republic; a research scientist at the Institute of Parasitology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; and an assistant professor in the University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. His primary field is virology with a research emphasis on vector-borne viruses, especially tick-borne encephalitis virus, Omsk hemorrhagic fever virus, dengue virus, and West Nile virus. In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious international Sinnecker-Kunz Award for young researchers.
There is a definite need for a comprehensive consolidation of material on VHF viruses, especially in light of an elevated level of concern globally for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. This book fills that need. Although I have a few concerns about the overall quality of the writing in a few chapters, I can appreciate that styles may differ given the number of contributing authors. I would not consider the book to be a 'rapid overview' as the editors describe it, but a comprehensive and rather complex textbook. As a result, the audience may be limited to advanced practice clinicians and more seasoned researchers. Weighted numerical score: 80 - 3 stars. --Sharon Medcalf, Ph.D, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, USA, from Doody's Book Reviews(TM)