Offering up-to-date coverage of familiar flaviviruses that are spreading into new regions or are causing increasingly severe disease, as well as viruses that are almost unknown in most developed nations, Zika and Other Neglected and Emerging Flaviviruses brings together information that allows for easy comparison of similarities and differences of this viral group in a single, convenient volume. Each chapter includes a brief Introduction, history, the diseases, the virus, the immune response, prevention or treatment, an extensive list of references, and a summary overview. The book concludes with a chapter tying together information about flaviviruses and other potential new microbial threats.
Lisa Beltz began her career in infectious disease research in the Department of Microbiology and Public Health at Michigan State University, with a dissertation entitled "Suppression of Human T Lymphocyte Responses by Trypanosoma cruzi. She then spent seven years conducting research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital System and at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research during this period focused on how simian and human immunodeficiency viruses (SIV and HIV), respectively, interact with simian and human bone marrow and blood.
Dr. Beltz then accepted a faculty position at the University of Northern Iowa, where she taught courses on biology while conducting research alongside the students she mentored. Dr. Beltz's research has investigated alterations in immune system function in response to exposure to green tea polyphenols, as well as the toxicological/immunotoxicological effects of environmental contaminants on human lymphocyte and monocyte viability and functioning. Afterward, she continued teaching while writing journal articles and books and giving conference presentations about infectious diseases of humans and bats. Dr. Beltz has previously written two books on this subject: Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Guide to Diseases, Causative Agents, and Surveillance and Bats and Human Health: Ebola, SARS, Rabies, and Beyond. She plans to continue writing about emerging and neglected diseases, particularly pathogenic coronaviruses that can infect humans.