Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Swine Influenza

Clement Meseko

National Veterinary Research Institute


Swine Influenza Pandemics Influenza Virus Mixing Vessels Reassortment Human-animal Interface Zoonoses Vaccination Prevention Global Health Economy

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The 1918 human influenza pandemic was suggested to have been caused by an avian origin influenza virus. It was subsequently transmitted from humans to pigs and maintained in the swine population. The susceptibility of pigs to the influenza virus of both human and avian strains is due to its possession of receptors for both strains. This explains their role as a mixing vessel for influenza viruses. Pigs also play an important role in the emergence of another influenza pandemic in 2009. The triple reassortant influenza virus bearing genes of human, avian and swine influenza viruses is believed to have circulated for a while in pigs before emerging as a pandemic in humans. Influenza scientists were more fixated on avian influenza ( Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza ) and South East Asia (China) while a pandemic emerged in swine and Mexico. Just as it happened in 1918, the susceptibility of pigs results in direct transmission of H1N1pdm09 virus to swine as widely reported in a phenomenon some authors have described as ‘reverse zoonoses’. The foregoing shows the central role of swine influenza in influenza virology and epidemiology. This book will be a collection of diverse research/investigations and reviews on swine influenza to foster new insights as we prepare for yet another dimension of the influenza epizootic and pandemic in a constantly changing environment.

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Date completed: October 31st 2019

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Deadline for full chapters: May 23rd 2020

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Review results due: August 11th 2020

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Expected publication date: October 10th 2020

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About the editor

Clement Meseko

National Veterinary Research Institute

Dr. Clement Meseko obtained DVM and PhD degree in Veterinary Medicine and Virology respectively. He has worked for over 20 years in both private and public sectors including the academia, contributing to knowledge and control of infectious disease. Through the application of epidemiological skill, classical and molecular virological skills, he investigates viruses of economic and public health importance for the mitigation of the negative impact on people, animal and the environment in the context of Onehealth. Dr. Meseko’s field experience on animal and zoonotic diseases and pathogen dynamics at the human-animal interface over the years shaped his carrier in research and scientific inquiries. He has been part of the investigation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza incursions in sub Saharan Africa and monitors swine Influenza (Pandemic influenza Virus) agro-ecology and potential for interspecies transmission. He has authored and reviewed a number of journal articles and book chapters.

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