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
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.