Influenza infections are self-limiting at the individual animal level with infection lasting between 5 and 7 days approximately. However, influenza virus is considered endemic in swine populations worldwide, and is not uncommon to find between 3 and 5% of pigs positive to influenza virus at slaughter.
University of Minnesota. United States
Dr. Diaz earned his DVM and MS degree from the National University of Colombia. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota with a major on Veterinary Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and a minor on Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Prior to his PhD studies, Dr. Diaz was a swine veterinarian for 5 years for Cerdos del Valle S.A in Colombia, and obtained his Master in Science working on porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2).
Dr. Diaz joined the University of Minnesota graduate school in September 2010 as a fellow of the Caldas-COLCIENCIAS scholarship from the Colombian government, and has acquired advanced training on swine health, epidemiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. As a PhD candidate he has been awarded with the Carlos Pijoan, MnDrive, and Doctoral dissertation fellowships to obtain his degree. Part of his PhD work has been presented as 2 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 15 oral presentations in national and international scientific meetings. He is currently writing his dissertation on the epidemiology and molecular characterization of influenza A viruses in swine populations. As a researcher, Dr. Diaz wants to integrate his knowledge on swine health, epidemiology and bioinformatics to minimize the impact of infectious diseases on swine production.
Updated CV 06-Feb-2015
Replacement gilts recently introduced and piglets prior to weaning are the main risk groups.