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13th April 2015

Granted the XVIII Syva Award to the best doctoral thesis in animal health

A Doctoral Thesis in Infectious Processes of wild boar population, has won the 2015 Syva Award for the best doctoral thesis in Animal Health, worth 15,000 €.

Laboratorios Syva has announced the XVIII Syva Award for the best doctoral thesis in Animal Health which has been granted to the research project "Characterization of infections in wild boar populations in Spanish Southwestern region". The award is endowed with € 15,000.

The winning thesis was presented by Dr. David Risco Perez, belonging to the Infectious Diseases Unit of the Faculty of Veterinary Science in Caceres; under the direction of Drs. Javier Salcedo Hermoso de Mendoza, Pedro Fernandez and Luis Gómez Llario Gordo. It is the first time a Doctor of the University of Extremadura receives this award, competing with thesis from Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

The Jury for the XVIII Syva Award was chaired by Prof. Dr. German Naharro Carrasco, from the University of Leon, and integrated by other scholars like Prof. Dr. Maria Angeles Calvo Torras (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Prof . Dr. Jesus Salinas Lorente (University of Murcia), Prof. Dr. Santiago Vadillo Machota (University of Extremadura) and Dr. Mª Luisa De Arriba as representative of Laboratorios Syva.

Laboratorios Syva in partnership with the University of León, to promote scientific education of university students, grants annually since 1997 this award for best doctoral thesis on any aspect of Animal Health. Specifically designed for Microbiology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases and Parasitic Diseases of animals, this is a unique award in its kind, thanks to its prize and the prestige acquired over its last 18 calls.

The award ceremony will take place on April 28th at 12:00 h. in the auditorium of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Leon, located in the campus of Vegazana. A conference about Ebola, which will address the disease from two complementary areas: the virus and the epidemic in animal and human populations will be held afterwards and lectured by Fernando Simon, director of the Center for Emergency Alerts and the Ministry of Health and Spokesman of the Special Committee on the crisis of Ebola, and Prf. Dr. Elias F. Rodriguez Ferri, Professor of Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Leon.

Those who wish to attend this event can request an invitation by e-mail or telephone before April 20th.


The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is one of the most important game species in Spain. This animal acts as a reservoir of pathogens that can affect both pets and people while can cause mortalities in wild boar populations themselves.

This thesis defines the epidemiological situation of some of the most important infectious disease affecting boar populations of Spanish southwestern region, as Brucella suis or pathogens belonging to the Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex.

Moreover, it determines the clinical impact of Erysipelothrix rushiopathiae, Streptococcus suis or Pasteurella multocida, among others, in this species. In addition, useful control measures are proposed to limit the health impact of these pathogens in wild boar populations.

Finally, it is found that Mycobacterium bovis infected boars develop more severe tuberculosis lesions if they have contact with other pathogens such as porcine circovirus type 2 virus, Aujeszky's disease virus or parasites of the genus Metastrongylus. The application of control measures against these concomitant pathogens could be useful to reduce the severity of injuries and the prevalence of tuberculosis in wild boar.

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