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Combating Co-Infections

By Boehringer Ingelheim IncJanuary 11, 2017

Manage major respiratory diseases in your swine herd using the only USDA-approved trivalent vaccine for protection against PRRS, PCV2 and Mhp.

In a time when hog prices are trending lower, farmers are doing their best to be as cost-efficient as possible. This means ensuring protection against multiple respiratory diseases throughout the entire grow-finish period. Co-infections, which are caused by diseases in the Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex, have unfortunately become the norm in swine barns across the U.S. swine industry. Their impact on pig health, performance and profitability is much greater than a single disease challenge.

PRDC includes both viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens, specifically porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, Porcine Circovirus type 2, Influenza Type A Virus-Swine, M. hyopneumoniae and secondary bacterial agents.

Eduardo Fano, DVM, MS, Ph.D., technical manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. explains the importance of proper diagnosis. “PRDC is complex. There are several disease agents involved in PRDC, so it is important to identify which pathogens are involved in a specific clinical case to properly treat the animal.” Fano says incorrect management of PRDC could negatively impact production and profitability.

Fano recommends individual-based diagnostic testing on a clinical event to help identify the causative agent. “This will show if the PRDC management strategy is working properly and you can use the information to make more accurate decisions when it comes to combating the diseases,” he explains .Eduardo Fano, DVM, MS, Ph.D., technical manager, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. explains the importance of proper diagnosis. “PRDC is complex. There are several disease agents involved in PRDC, so it is important to identify which pathogens are involved in a specific clinical case to properly treat the animal.” Fano says incorrect management of PRDC could negatively impact production and profitability.

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Mark Johnson
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