Originally published in 1991 and now released in paperback, Infectious Diseases of Mice and Rats is a must read for all researchers who use these lab animals. It provides practical suggestions for breeding, keeping, and identifying pathogen-free laboratory rodents.
The book contains three informative sections. The first, Principles of Rodent Disease Prevention, summarizes methods for eliminating infectious agents. It offers information on pathogen terminology; pathogen status of rodents; and breeding, transporting, isolating, testing, and diagnosing rodents and maintaining their health status. The second section, Individual Disease Agents and their Effects on Research, describes the diagnosis and control of each infectious agent and the effects of the agent on research. The last section, Diagnostic Indexes: Clinical Signs, Pathology, and Research Complications, contains informative tables covering all the diseases listed in the volume, arranged to help in the diagnosis of infected animals.