Keynote lecture at the inauguration of the academic year of the Graduate School of the School of Veterinary Sciences

Daniela Contreras
July 17, 2023

The presentation was given by EPIwild project research associate, Dr. Felipe Hernández, and was entitled "Invasive mammals and diseases: Perspectives and case studies in a globalized world". On the occasion, the academic from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences detailed how invasive mammals can be potential reservoirs of infectious agents with productive implications for biodiversity and human beings, thanks to a study on wild boars in Florida (United States) of which he was part.

The wild boar, a natural reservoir of the pseudorabies virus, can maintain it in its organism asymptomatically and transmit it to other productive species, such as domestic pigs and native carnivores, decimating populations. Hernández also referred to what is happening in northern Chile, where dogs favor the transmission of pathogens such as distemper, which is a cause of death in foxes.

Regarding a study that has just begun in Los Ríos on the mink, the academic Felipe Hernández pointed out that "we have the first findings in the country that it can be a potential host of mycobacterium bovis, which causes bovine tuberculosis, which has a significant impact at a productive level".
"Having more knowledge of the role that these invasive species can potentially play in the infectious cycle is highly relevant to promote more studies that give signals of what is happening in terms of health", he said.

Source and photo: Faculty of Veterinary Science UACh

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