Viral Pathogens

A section of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

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Viral Pathogens infect all types of life forms, from human, animals, and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea. Examples of common human diseases caused by viruses include the common cold, influenza, chickenpox, and cold sores. Many serious diseases, such as rabies, Ebola virus disease, AIDS (HIV), avian influenza, and SARS, are caused by viruses, and the current global COVID-19 pandemic has been caused by SARS-CoV-2. Animals are usually the “natural host” for viruses that infect humans (Viral Zoonoses) and may also be carriers of viruses originating from environmental contamination. Livestock, companion animals, mammals, fish, etc., are all susceptible to serious viral infections. Among pathogens, plant viruses are economically important because they are responsible for more than half of the emerging infectious diseases in plants. Plant viruses are a continuous threat to agricultural crops and cause significant economic losses in crop yields worldwide. Bacteriophages are a common and diverse group of viruses and are the most abundant biological entity in aquatic environments. Bacteriophages can be used to treat some bacterial infections. The current discovery and research of viral pathogens are essential for the in-depth exploration of various viral diseases.

The Section “Viral Pathogens” welcomes contributions that include original research and review papers, covering all aspects of viral pathogens and host–virus interactions.


  • viral pathogenesis
  • viral transformation
  • viral transmission
  • genome structure and evolution
  • viral genomics/transcriptomics/bioinformatics
  • host defense
  • host immune responses
  • vaccines
  • antiviral drugs
  • antiviral therapy
  • emerging viruses
  • epidemiology
  • viral infections
  • virology
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