“Virus in the air?”: New Tools for Hunting Emerging Diseases | Duke Kunshan University
“Virus in the air?”: New Tools for Hunting Emerging Diseases
Dr. Anderson

Assistant Professor of Science and Global Health at Duke Kunshan University

Sep 25th 2018 12:00 to 13:00
Room 1079, Academic Building
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 22:00

Summary of talk:     

China is one of the top producers of both pork and poultry in the world. Disease outbreaks can readily threaten these important industries, sometimes resulting in large economic losses. Such diseases include highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) among poultry and porcine epidemic diarrheal virus (PEDV), highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), and porcine circovirus 2 (PCV2) among swine. The recent identification of SARS-like coronavirus in Chinese pigs also highlights the potential for emerging diseases. Pathogen surveillance within farms can be an effective approach for the early identification of new disease threats, allowing for the mitigation of transmission before becoming broadly disseminated throughout a herd or flock. However, due to being moderately invasive, standard surveillance practices might not always be feasible as they may disrupt normal production operations. Furthermore, the cost of conducting surveillance, particularly in a large-scale operation, could also be a barrier to its routine implementation. Non-invasive environmental bioaerosol sampling could be an effective and affordable approach for conducting routine surveillance in agricultural settings, providing an additional tool for farmers to better protect their animals. In this talk, Dr. Anderson will discuss the current state of bioaerosol sampling technologies and provide examples of how such methods could be used in a One Health context to conduct disease surveillance in Chinese farms and potentially other important ecological settings.

Brief Biography:

Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Science and Global Health at Duke Kunshan University. He has a MPH and PhD in Public Health concentrating in One Health, with research interests in emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, and viral respiratory pathogens. His laboratory training includes virology and molecular diagnostics, and he has worked extensively in China and the USA performing bioaerosol studies in different environmental settings for the detection of emerging viruses. Dr. Anderson also has an interest in topics that reside at the intersection of global health research and public policy.