Lina Mur

 MurResearch Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases Epidemiology

DVM 2009, University Complutense of Madrid
MSc 2010, University Complutense of Madrid
PhD 2014, University Complutense of Madrid

Phone: 785-532-4823


My primary research interest is in the epidemiology of infectious animal diseases, especially focused on Foreign and Emerging Animal Diseases. This research includes the characterization of the disease in affected territories (disease measures’ and risk factor studies), risk assessment and spatial analysis for the implementation of better preventive, surveillance and control measures. I am also interested in new surveillance methodologies including risk-based and syndromic surveillance approaches.

During my PhD research in the OIE reference laboratory for African swine fever (ASF) I was involved ASF animal experiments, laboratory diagnostics, field work and technology transfer in affected territories (Russia, Sardinia and Africa). These experiences gave me an extensive knowledge about this complex disease, its epidemiology, diagnostics and transmission mechanisms that would be applicable for other animal diseases.

This transversal approach (involving field, laboratory and epidemiological studies) has an international projection, including also the transference of capabilities for better preventing and controlling FAD in affected and free scenarios.

Selected publications

1. Giménez-Lirola L.G., Mur L., Rivera B., Mogler M., Sun Y., Lizao S., Goodell C., Harris H., Rowland R.R., Gallardo C., Sanchez-Vizcaino J.M., Zimmerman J., 2016: Detection of African Swine Fever Virus Antibodies in Serum and Oral Fluid Specimens Using a Recombinant Protein 30 (p30) Dual Matrix Indirect ELISA. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0161230. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161230

2. Mur L., Iscaro C., Cocco M., Jurado C., Rolesu S., De Mia G.M., Feliziani F, Pérez-Sánchez R, Oleaga A, Sánchez‐Vizcaíno J.M., 2016: Serological Surveillance and Direct Field Searching Reaffirm the Absence of Ornithodoros Erraticus Ticks Role in African Swine Fever Cycle in Sardinia. Transboundary and emerging diseases. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12485

3. Pietschmann, J., Mur, L., Blome, S., Beer, M., Pérez-Sánchez, R., Oleaga, A., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, J.M., 2016: African swine fever virus transmission cycles in Central Europe: Evaluation of wild boar-soft tick contacts through detection of antibodies against Ornithodoros erraticus saliva antigen. BMC Vet Res. 12:1 DOI 10.1186/s12917-015-0629-9

4. Sánchez-Vizcaíno, JM., Mur, L., Penrith, ML., 2015: New insights of the role of ticks in African swine fever epidemiology. Rev. sci. tech. Off. int. Epiz. 34 (2), 503-511

5. Mur L., Igolkin A., Varentsova A., Pershin A., Remyga S., Shevchenko I., Zhukov I., Sánchez-Vizcaíno J.M., 2015: Detection of African swine fever antibodies in experimental and field samples from Russian Federation, implications for control. Transb Emerg Dis. In press, doi: 10.1111/tbed.12304

6. Mur L., Atzeni, M., Martínez-López, B., Feliziani, F., Rolesu, S., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, J.M., 2015. 35-year presence of African swine fever in Sardinia: history, evolution and risk factors for disease maintenance. Transb Emerg Dis. In press. doi:10.1111/tbed.12264.

7. Martínez-López B., Perez A.M, Feliziani F., Rolesu S., Mur L., Sánchez-Vizcaíno J.M., 2015: Evaluation of the risk factors contributing to the African Swine Fever occurrence in Sardinia, Italy. Front Microbiol. 14;6:314

8. Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM., Mur L., Gomez-Villamandos JC, Carrasco L., 2015: An Update on the Epidemiology and Pathology of African Swine Fever. J Comp Pathol. 152(1):9-21

9. De la Torre A, Bosch J, Iglesias I, Muñoz MJ, Mur L, Martínez-López B, Martínez M, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM., 2015: Assessing the Risk of African Swine Fever Introduction into the European Union by Wild Boar. Transb Emerg Dis. 62 (3):272-9.

10. Mur L., Martínez-López B., Costard S., de la Torre A., Jones B.A., Martínez M., Sánchez-Vizcaíno F., Muñoz M.J., Pfeiffer D.U., Sánchez-Vizcaíno J.M. Wieland B., 2014: Modular framework to assess the risk of African swine fever virus entry into the European Union. BMC Vet Res.,10(1):145.

11. Martínez-López B., Alexandrov T., Mur L., Sánchez-Vizcaíno F., Sánchez-Vizcaíno J.M., 2014: Evaluation of the spatial patterns and risk factors, including backyard pigs, for classical swine fever occurrence in Bulgaria using a Bayesian model. Geospatial Health 8(2), 2014, pp. 489-501.

12. Mur L., Gallardo C., Soler A., Zimmermman J., Pelayo V., Nieto R., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM., Arias M., 2013: Potential use of oral fluid samples for serological diagnosis of African swine fever. Vet Microbiol. 165 (1-2):135-9

13. Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM, Mur L, Martínez-López B., 2013: African swine fever (ASF): Five years around Europe. Vet Microbiol.165.45-50.

14. Costard S., Mur L., Lubroth J., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM., Pfeiffer DU., 2012: Epidemiology of African Swine Fever Virus. Virus Res. 2013. 173: 191-197.

15. Costard S., Jones BA., Martinez-Lopez B., Mur L., de la Torre A., Martinez M., Sanchez-Vizcaino F., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM., Pfeiffer DU., Wieland B., 2013: Introduction of African Swine Fever into the European Union through Illegal Importation of Pork and Pork Products. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61104

16. Mur L., Martinez-Lopez B., and Sanchez-Vizcaino JM., 2012: Risk of African swine fever introduction into the European Union through transport-associated routes: returning trucks and waste from international ships and planes. BMC Veterinary Research. 8:149.

17. Mur L., Martínez-López B., Gallardo C., Gortazar C. and Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM., 2012: Monitoring of African Swine Fever in the Wild Boar Population of the Most Recent Endemic Area of Spain. Transb Emerg Dis. 59 (2012) 526–531

18. Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM., Mur L., and Martínez-López B, 2012: African Swine Fever: An Epidemiological Update. Transb Emerg Dis. Volume 59, s1: 27-35.

19. Mur L., Martinez-Lopez B., Martinez M., Costard S., Wieland B., Pfeiffer DU. and Sanchez-Vizcaino JM., 2012: Quantitative Risk Assessment for the Introduction of African Swine Fever Virus into the European Union by Legal Import of Live Pigs. Transb Emerg Dis. 59(2):134-44.