Title: Open status of pig-breeding farms is associated with slightly higher seroprevalence of F18+ Escherichia coli in northern Belgium
Authors: Cox, E ×
Ampe, B
Goddeeris, Bruno #
Issue Date: Aug-2003
Publisher: Elsevier science bv
Series Title: Preventive veterinary medicine vol:60 issue:2 pages:133-141
Abstract: F18(+) enterotoxigenic and verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (E. coli) are widespread and induce post-weaning diarrhoea and oedema disease, respectively. No commercial vaccine exists. Therefore, the F18 herd seroprevalence of 178 randomly selected pig-breeding farms in northern Belgium was evaluated by determining F18-specific IgG antibody titres in pooled sera of sows per breeding farm. This survey reported the first data concerning F18 herd seroprevalence and showed that F18(+) E. coli seroprevalence was common in northern Belgium. Significantly more open pig-breeding farms were F18 seropositive (96.4%) compared to closed (88.8%). Furthermore, no clear association was determined between the F18 herd seroprevalence and the number of sows per breeding farm (r(sp) = 0.19), or with the number of fattening pigs per breeding farm (r(sp) = 0.17). (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0167-5877
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Gene Technology (-)
× corresponding author
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