Ileitis is a major intestinal disease associated with fattening pigs, caused by the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis1,2,3,4. Ileitis refers to the inflammation of the ileum, which is a part of the small intestine of the pig.
Prevention and control of Ileitis
High quality cleansing and disinfection protocols can reduce the prevalence of infection on farm. However, antibiotic treatment may be required in conjunction with this management approaches. Alternatively, vaccines can also be used to manage Lawsonia intracellularis.
Husbandry tips include5:
- Avoid over stocking
- Reduce environmental stress
- Reduce the mixing of pigs
- Develop all in, all out procedures
- Keep pens as dry as possible