Population dynamics and intra-litter transmission patterns of Isospora suis in suckling piglets under on-farm conditions

S. Sotiraki, A. Roepstorff, J.P. Nielsen, Charlotte Maddox-Hyttel, C. Enoe, J. Boes, K.D. Murrell, S.M. Thamsborg

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to investigate the intra-litter infection dynamics of Isospora suis under natural conditions, and to study any association between parasite transmission and the contamination level of the farrowing pen by applying different interventions in order to reduce the transmission of I. suis infection within the litter. The study was divided in 2 trials including in total 22 litters (254 piglets). The first trial included 4 litters (where standard procedures practiced routinely on the farm piglets were applied) and the piglets were followed coprologically from farrowing until 2 weeks after weaning. The sows of those litters were also examined at various intervals before and after farrowing. The second trial included the application of 3 different management procedures: (A) standard farm hygiene and management procedures, (B) standard farm hygiene and management procedures + the first piglets found to excrete I. suis oocysts in each pen were removed from the pen, and
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalParasitology
    Volume135
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)395-405
    ISSN0031-1820
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • coccidiosis
    • dynamics
    • infection
    • management
    • Isospora suis
    • piglet

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