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Fred L. Cunningham, DVM


Fred L. Cunningham, DVM.is a Supervisory Wildlife Research Biologist and Project Leader at the National Wildlife Research Center Starkville, Mississippi Field Station. 

 NWRC Research Project: Aquaculture and Feral Swine

Current Research

  • Can fish eating birds transfer Virulent Aeromonas hydrophila between catfish ponds,

  • Antibody production and genetic drift of H3N2 Influenza A virus in feral swine



  • Certificate, Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health and Management, University of Illinois,
  • D.V.M., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Mississippi State University-College of Veterinary Medicine
  • M.S., Animal Science, 1981, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • B.S., Animal Science, 1979, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Contact information

  • Address: USDA/APHIS/WS/NWRC Mississippi Field Station PO Box 6099, Mississippi State, MS 39762
  • Telephone: 662-325-8612
  • Fax: 662-325-8704
  • Email: Fred.L.Cunningham@aphis.usda.gov



Feng, Z., J.A. Baroch, L.-P. Long, Y. Xu., F.L. Cunningham, K. Pedersen, M.W. Lutman, B.S. Schmit, A.S. Bowman, T.J. DeLiberto, and X.-F. Wan. 2014. Influenza A Subtype H3 viruses in feral swine, United States, 2011-2012. Emerging Infectious Diseases 20(5): 843-846. doi: 10.3201/eid2005.131578.

Cunningham F.L., Jack, S.W., Hardin D,  and Wills, R.W.  Pond-level risk factors associated with columnaris disease on Mississippi commercial catfish farms. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 2012 Sep;24(3):178-84. doi: 10.1080/08997659.2012.675932.

Feng, Z., J. Gomez, A. Bowman, J. Ye, L.-P. Long, B. Martin, K. Jia, J. Nolting, F. Cunningham, C. Cardona, J. Zhang, K.J. Yoon, R. Slemons, and X.-F. Wan. Antigenic and genetic characterization of swine influenza viruses from Ohio agricultural fairs. Journal of Virology, 87(13):7655-7667.

Wan, X.-F., J. L. Barnett, F. Cunningham, S. Chen, M. G. Yang, S. Nash, L.-P. Long, L. Ford, S. Blackmon, Y. Zhang, L. Hanson, and Q. He. Detection of African Swine Fever Virus-like Sequences in Ponds in the Mississippi Delta through Metagenomic Sequencing. Virus Genes, 46(3):441-446.

Ye, J., Y. Xu, J. Harris, A.S. Bowman, F. Cunningham, C. Cardona, K. J. Yoon, R. D. Selmons, and X.-F. Wan. Mutation from arginine to lysine at the position 189 of hemagglutinin contributes to the antigenic drift in H3N2 swine influenza viruses. Virology, 446(1-2):225-9





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