Environmental stress triggers disease in pigs

Environmental stress triggers disease in pigs

A study from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has shown that environmental stress can make pigs more likely to suffer from disease, which is costing the industry in the UK millions of pounds a year in attempts to control.

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The findings could influence the conditions that pig herds are kept in to reduce the likelihood of disease outbreaks.

The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) were investigating the causes of a complex group of pig diseases, which can lead to diarrhoea, wasting, respiratory distress and death. The results demonstrated that environmental stress, including high temperatures and crowding, can cause Porcine CircoVirus Associated Disease (PCVAD) symptoms in pigs without secondary infections.

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