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Post Weaning Diarrhoea (PWD)

Post Weaning Diarrhoea (PWD)

Due to ETEC E.coli

Post Weaning Diarrhoea (PWD) is an important enteric disease that usually occurs shortly after weaning and is characterized by watery diarrhoea, dehydration, loss of body weight, and death of infected pigs.1

Despite the high focus on controlling PWD, the incidence of post weaning diarrhea remains high in many European countries (15%-23% of piglets are estimated to be affected, according to swine producers and veterinarians).2

PWD can result in significant economic losses. This could be due to mortality, decreased growth rate and cost of medication.3

PWD Prevention

What approaches exist to control PWD?

Good herd management, hygiene practices, and targeted antibiotic use can be employed in the fight against PWD. An additional important control option for the control of PWD, caused by E.coli, is the vaccination of piglets with a suitable vaccine.

1 Chen, X., Gao, S., Jiao, X., & Liu, X.F. (2004). Prevalence of serogroups and virulence factors of Escherichia coli strains isolated from pigs with post weaning diarrhoea in eastern China. Vet. Microbiol., 103: 13-20.

2 Post Weaning Diarrhea in Europe. European Market Research, September 2014. Elanco Animal Health

3Fairbrother JM and Gyles LG, 2012. Colibacillosis. In: Diseases of Swine. Zimmerman JJ, Karriker LA, Ramirez A, Schwartz KJ and Stevenson GW Editors. 10th Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Chapter 53, p 723-749.