Swine dysentery: Control and prevention through hygiene

Swine dysentery or bloody diarrhoea is a bacterial intestinal disease with varying clinical pictures caused by the anaerobic spirochete Brachyspira hyodysenteriae.

In the past, multiple antibiotics were active against swine dysentery: tylosin, lincomycin, tylvalosin, tiamulin and valnemulin. Unfortunately B. hyodysenteriae has become resistant to several of them which makes them inappropriate for an effective treatment of the disease.
Recently more cases of resistance are being noticed, also to the remaining antibiotics. Due to this rapid emergence of antibiotic resistance and increasing regulatory stringency in the livestock industry, the use of antibiotics is not a sustainable option. Control and prevention through hygiene are therefore getting more important.

This article has been supplied by Vitamex. Vitamex will be present at EuroTier 2010 in Hanover, Germany (Booth B37, Hall 15).


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