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Strep suis control topic of upcoming webinar

The pathogen is one of the primary causes of bacterial meningitis in pigs, and can cause illness at any stage of production, with associated mortality rates of up to 20%.

As producers continue to reduce the amount of antibiotics given to their herds, many are looking to other options to fight Streptococcus suis, more commonly known as Strep suis.

The pathogen is one of the primary causes of bacterial meningitis in pigs,1 and can cause illness at any stage of production, with associated mortality rates of up to 20%.2 With infections often existing subclinically2 and some 35 strains having been identified thus far,3 Strep suis is a complex challenge for many producers.

Newport Laboratories and National Hog Farmer are teaming up to present “Control Strategies for Strep Suis,” a webinar 1 p.m. (Central) May 23. Brad Leuwerke, Swine Vet Center, and Keith Wilson, Newport Laboratories Inc., will provide an overview of their approach to managing Strep suis.

Specifically, participants will learn:

  • Why Strep suis is becoming increasingly difficult to control for many producers and veterinarians — and what they can do about it;
  • How Swine Vet Center optimized its Strep suis control strategies through the use of the Infection Chain, a whole-herd approach to disease management developed by Boehringer Ingelheim;
  • Why custom-made vaccines are a key tool in Swine Vet Center’s fight against Streptococcus suis.

National Hog Farmer Senior Staff Writer Kevin Schulz will moderate the webinar.

Don’t wait, register now

Even if you are not able to attend, register and you will be sent a link to the webinar archive so you can view it at your own convenience.

References

1 U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. Streptococcus suis disease in pigs. 2015. Available at: . Accessed Feb. 13, 2019.
2 Cloutier G, D’Allaire S, Martinez G, et al. Epidemiology of Streptococcus suis serotype 5 infection in a pig herd with and without clinical disease. Vet Microbiol 2003;97(1-2):135-151.
3 Gottschalk M. Streptococcosis. In: Zimmerman J, Karriker L, Ramirez A, et al., eds. Diseases of swine. 10th ed. West Sussex, UK. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012;841-855.
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