Diarrhoea in neonatal piglets: a case control study on microbiological findings

Hanne Kongsted*, Karl Pedersen, Charlotte Kristiane Hjulsager, Lars Erik Larsen, Ken Steen Pedersen, Sven Erik Jorsal, Poul Bækbo

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    Many factors can influence the occurrence of neonatal diarrhoea in piglets. Currently, well-known pathogens such as enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and Clostridium perfringens type C appear to play a minor role in development of disease. Other infectious pathogens may be involved. In this study, we aimed to investigate the presence of selected infectious pathogens in neonatal piglets with clinical and pathological signs of enteric disease. The association between rotavirus A, Enterococcus hirae, Clostridium difficile and Clostridium perfringens type A/C and diarrhoea was investigated in a case control study on piglet level. The possible role of E. coli virulence factors was investigated in a multistep-procedure using herd-pools of E.coli isolates to screen for their presence. Rotavirus A was detected more often in cases (25%) than in controls (6%) (P 
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number17
    JournalPorcine Health Management
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    • AIDA-1
    • Beta 2
    • C. difficile
    • C. perfringens type a
    • E. coli virulence factors
    • EAST1
    • Enterococcus hirae
    • Neonatal diarrhoea
    • Piglets
    • Rotavirus a


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