Establishment of Ascaris suum in the pig: Development of immunity following a single primary infection

Birgitte Helwigh, P. Nansen

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review


Development of immunity after a single primary infection of Ascaris suum in pigs was investigated with regard to the worm population dynamics of a superimposed A. suum infection, host immune response and gross river pathological changes. Group A was given a primary infection of 60000 infective A. suum eggs and group B was left uninfected. Four weeks later both groups A and B were inoculated with 1 000 A. suum eggs, and subgroups were slaughtered 7, 14 and 21 days post challenge infection (p.c.i.). An uninfected control group C was slaughtered on day 21 p.c.i. The challenge worm recovery in group A was reduced compared to group B by 12%, 50% and 75% on day 7, 14 and 21 days p.c.i., respectively In both groups was the expulsion of worms initiated between day 14 and 21 p.c.i. However, in group A the worms were recovered more posteriorly in the small intestine and 21 days p.c.i. the mean worm length was significantly shorter than in group B (p = 0.01). The results above were associated with significantly higher (p
Original languageEnglish
JournalACTA Veterinaria Scandinavia
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)121-131
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Establishment of Ascaris suum in the pig: Development of immunity following a single primary infection'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this