Cesar Moura is often asked why he has dedicated his entire doctoral degree to studying porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome. After all, the disease is not present in pig populations in his native country, Brazil.
“I believe that I learned a lot working with the PRRS virus — surveillance techniques, control and elimination programs, statistical models, immunization strategies, epidemiological methods, biosecurity aspects — that can be applied to many other agents,” Moura says.
Two years into his doctoral program at Iowa State University and after conducting several studies on epidemiological and immunological solutions for PRRS virus control, Moura’s preliminary results have already motivated production systems to reassess and modify their vaccination protocols for PRRS, targeting better return over investment.
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