Livestock Swine Common Disease Prevention – Swine Influenza
Swine Influenza, also known as Swine Flu, is caused by a strain of the influenza viruses that is infected in pigs (called Swine Influenza Virus or SIV). Swine Flu often occurs in the Midwest of the United States (and occasionally in other states), Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe (including the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Italy). Swine Flu strains are Influenza C viruses, as well as Influenza A subtypes of H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3 strains – two strains of influenza. This new strain appeared to be closely related to the strain involved in the 1918 flu pandemic. Swine Flu is quite common in pigs, and the three most common viruses in the world are derived from influenza A, which are still constantly mutating.
If the pigs in the pigsty suffers from Swine Flu, these symptoms are commonly fever, lethargy, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing and no appetite. Sows sometimes even cause miscarry. As Swine Flu is rarely fatal to pigs (1-4%), no treatment except for rest and supportive care is required. Although the mortality rate is not high, it still causes infected pigs weight loss and poor growth to result in economic losses for pig farmers.
If pig farmers have close contact with pigs, encourage pig farmers to wear masks when they are in contact with ill pigs. Therefore, vaccination and animal management techniques are very important in the work of the whole pig farm or other pig farms. The main method to limit pig-to-human transmission, which is also important, is to vaccinate pigs to prevent infection.
In addition to the basic prevention and control of vaccine administration and biosecurity measures – isolation, you can also choose ImmuniVAP non-nutritive feed additives, added to the feed at a ratio of 100~200ppm to have the pigs ingest in the feed, to prevent infection and resist viruses in the environment. The feed additives can stimulate the mucosal immune system in the organism to create a more complete immunity and protection.
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Reference: Swine influenza Wikipedia