Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has introduced its new Porcilis PCV vaccine against Porcine Circovirus type 2 (PCV2) infection.
The launch of this new subunit vaccine was celebrated this week with a dedicated scientific event near the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, attracting hundreds of veterinarians from all over Europe.
The vaccine has been designed to provide a superior solution for the prevention and management of Porcine Circo Virus-associated Disease (PCVD), a major cause of economic loss in the pig sector. After having gained experience in Germany and Austria on a limited scale, the vaccine will now be introduced in the whole of Europe.
In a press release, the animal health company summed up the new vaccines’ major advantages:
* it contains the ORF2 subunit as antigen and therefore induces strong immunity against PCV2 infection;
* it is combined with Xsolve, a proven and potent adjuvant offering long-lasting immunity until the end of the fattening period;
* it carries the claim to be able to break through medium-to-high levels of maternally-derived antibodies in piglets.
The company added that “this unique combination of customer advantages will make this new vaccine an attractive new entry in this market.”
Infection with PCV2 is known to cause a variety of syndromes in pigs, together known as PCVD. Symptoms may include clinical signs such as weight loss or failure to grow, enlarged lymph nodes, difficulty in breathing, pale skin and jaundice.
Field trials with the vaccine have demonstrated that vaccination of pigs at three weeks of age or older not only appears to prevent viraemia (presence of virus in the blood and lymphoid tissues), but also reduces weight loss associated with PCV2 infection during the fattening period.
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