Type: Chapter

Diseases affecting pigs: an overview of common bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens of pigs

Author Alejandro Ramirez

Iowa State University

Publication date:

12 March 2018

ID: 9781838795139

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Recent events such as the 2009 pandemic influenza outbreak, the continuous spread of African swine fever virus in Eastern Europe and the introduction of several new pathogens into the United States and their spread to Canada, Mexico, Central and South America have emphasized the ability of pig diseases to cross borders rapidly and the importance of global cooperation to improve the health and welfare of pigs. This chapter summarizes recent research on the causes and epidemiology of major bacteria, viruses and parasites found in pig production, focusing on those with a particular impact on safety  and global production.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 The most common bacterial pathogens in pig production: gram-negative bacteria
3 The most common bacterial pathogens in pig production: gram-positive bacteria
4 The most common viral pathogens in pig production
5 The most common parasitic pathogens in pig production
6 Case studies
7 Summary
8 Future trends
9 Where to look for further information
10 References