Ratites can be classified into four orders and five families. The most common species of ratites are ostriches, emus, rheas, kiwis, and cassowaries. Ratites are differing from other avian species being flightless and have unique physiological and anatomical features. Ratites especially ostriches are raised all over the world for meat production with unique characters as well as for high-quality leathers and feathers. Ratites are susceptible to several viral, bacterial, mycotic and parasitic infectious diseases as well as non-infectious nutritional disorders. These diseases harm the impact of the ratites industry all over the world. The book handles with the most important viral diseases affecting ratites concerning epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis as well as prevention and control. The book is recommended for post-graduate, graduate and under-graduate students that concern with this aspect. It is also very useful for veterinarians and owners of ratite birds especially ostriches. Owners of ratites can use this book as a guide manual for the most important viral problems that they can face in the field and pose a threat to humans.
Wafaa Abd El-Ghany
Prof. Dr. Wafaa Abd El-Ghany has earned a Ph.D. V. Sc. in Poultry Diseases from Cairo University in 2004, M. V. Sc. from Cairo University in 2000 and a Bachelor of Veterinary Sciences from Cairo University in 1996. She is currently working as Professor of Poultry Diseases at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cairo University.
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LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Ratites, Ostriches, Emus, Rhea, viral diseases
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General