Vet: Are your pigs showing this disease syndrome?

Pigs in a farm. Some viruses are known to infect swine especially pregnant ones and cause a variety of syndromes. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Kariuki’s farm has about 800 pigs in various stages of production. Two paravets, Jane and Paul, manage the farm.
  • His description of the problem prompted me to engage the disease investigation mode. The happenings sounded unusual based on the cases I have seen on Kenyan pig farms.
  • A syndrome is a set of medical signs and symptoms and collection of diseases. They may not be correlated with each other but are often associated with a particular disease or disorder.
  • Kariuki’s farm had a disease situation with a plethora of signs and outcomes. The pigs had started getting sick three weeks earlier.

This year, I have come across many first-time cases than in any other time in my 30-year career. I have seen four of them in the last half of the year.


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