Gerard E. Martin Valls

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Reasearcher at the Animal Health Research Centre (Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal, IRTA). Spain

Graduate and PhD in Veterinary Science/Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

His investigations focus on swine infectious diseases and especially on the epidemiology and control of the porcine respiratory viruses. He is the author of articles on this subject published at a national and international level.

Updated CV 01-Apr-2015


Flu productive impact

Flu productive impact

There are many open topics, such as: 1) what is the impact of the disease in endemic situations at the reproductive level (irregular return to estrus / fertility), especially in gilts; or 2) what is the productive impact in farrowing units, especially when we know that suckling piglets can play a role as a reservoir of the virus in an endemically infected farm.

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The role of pigs in the generation of new strains of influenza

Origin of H1N1pdm

Pigs can act as a source of new influenza strains with zoonotic potential, but the increase of the genetic diversity of the swine influenza viruses is largely due to the introduction of influenza strains of human origin. Therefore, it is highly recommended that all staff that has frequent contact with pigs should be vaccinated against influenza.

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