More than 50% of all systemic samples tested by HPS PCR at the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL) are positive.
Maria José Clavijo
University of Minnesota’s Swine Group. United States
Dr. Clavijo is a PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota’s Swine Group. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of M. hyorhinis and the development of diagnostic and genotyping tools for this emerging pathogen. Dr. Clavijo received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Central University in Venezuela in 2009 where she practiced before starting her PhD in 2010. She is advised by Dr. Albert Rovira and Dr. Bob Morrison.
Updated CV 06-Oct-2013
Some of the take-home messages of this article are: M. hyo transmits slowly within exposed populations, but pigs can shed for long periods of time.
Three factors must be taken into account when defining the viability of the elimination of M. hyopneumoniae on each farm: negative replacements, cost and return on investment, and risk of re-infection.
Knowledge of the dynamics of infection within the herd will allow implementation of better control strategies in affected herds.