Coronaviruses and Other Human Respiratory Viruses from “Regular” Circulating Agents to Emerging Pathogens and the One Health Concept
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 51592
Interests: respiratory viruses; neuroinvasion; CNS; coronavirus; antivirals; virus-host interaction; viral cell-to-cell propagation; airway; zoonosis; emerging virus; viral evolution; adaptation
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As Collection Editor of this forthcoming Topical Collection on Coronaviruses and Other Respiratory Viruses infecting Humans, I am pleased to invite you, as an expert, to submit a manuscript for publication in Pathogens (Impact Factor 3.492).
More than 200 different viruses can infect the human airway. Among them, several agents, such as RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), influenza, bocaviruses, metapneumovirus, rhinoviruses, enteroviruses, coronaviruses or adenoviruses circulate worldwide every year and are associated with a plethora of symptoms. Usually associated with upper respiratory tract infections (URI), these circulating agents generally cause mild diseases but may also produce lower respiratory tract infections. Indeed, in vulnerable populations, opportunistic respiratory viruses can reach the lower respiratory tract, causing more severe illnesses (bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, exacerbations of asthma as well as respiratory distress syndrome). In addition to the prevalent pathogens mentioned above that infect millions of individuals every year, viruses existing in an animal reservoir occasionally cross the species barrier and gain the ability to infect human beings. These zoonoses may lead epidemic or pandemic (SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, Influenza, SARS-CoV2), which may have catastrophic repercussions usually correlating with more severe symptoms within the respiratory tract and sometimes with extra-respiratory tract manifestations and even death. In order to better understand the emergence of the latter viruses, the One Health concept (an integrative approach for the study of the interaction between humans, animals and the environment) is definitely helpful. Altogether, viral infections of the respiratory tract represent a major problem for human health, imposing a tremendous economic burden. These very common infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in humans worldwide, causing critical problems in public health, especially in children, the elderly and immune-compromised individuals.
Dr. Marc Desforges
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- Respiratory viruses
- human coronavirus
- virus-host interaction
- viral cell-to-cell propagation
- emerging virus