10 recomendations to face African Swine Fever (ASF).
José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
Professor of Animal Health at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain
He obtained his DVM and Ph.D. degree at the University Complutense of Madrid and did postgraduate studies on animal immunology and virology at Cornell University, New York.
He is a full professor of Animal Health at the Veterinary School of the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, and the Director of the OIE Reference laboratory for African swine fever.
He has more than 200 scientific publications in international high-impact journals and is the author of several chapters in international prestigious books and Director of 28 Ph.D thesis and more of 100 international competitive research project.
His scientific interest is focuses on the study of epidemiology, preventive medicine and control of infectious animal diseases, developing new diagnostic techniques and vaccines and new strategies for their control.
He was awarded with the Medal of Merit of the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) as an international recognition to his outstanding services to global veterinary science (Paris, 5/24/2009). Doctor Honoris Causa for the University of Murcia in 2009. In 2013 was nominated as the George Poppensiek visiting professor on global animal health at Cornell University, NY and since September 2018 Adjunct Professor of the Veterinary Population Medicine Department of Minnesota University.
Updated CV 26-Sep-2018
The complexity of ASF control means we need to make a group effort to prevent the disease from entering the EU and make sure we are prepared to fight the disease if it shows up.
The clinical profile seen to date of ASF in Russia and neighboring countries is a typical acute disease. The animals die between 7 and 15 days post-infection and the symptoms observed include fever, huddling together due to cold, and injuries described above.
African Swine Fever is probably the most complex disease among the ones that affect pigs.