Effective vaccines for enteric diseases are necessary to reduce both direct losses caused by mortality and indirect production costs, for example lower feed efficiency, reduced growth rates and weight variation. Moreover, restrictions on antibiotic use force us to look for new control measures, especially in the European Community where animal welfare laws make the control of diseases transmitted by the faecal-oral route more difficult.
This article can also be found in Pig Progress Enteric Diseases Special III (2005). To view the article online simply click on the link below.
Keywords: enteric diseases, vaccines, antibiotic