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This is caused by a virus and considered a rare disease in pigs. It is invariably fatal in all species including the human - hence its importance. Rabies is absent from the UK but present in may other countries throughout the world.


  • Rare.
  • As for sows.
Sows, Weaners & Growers

Onset is sudden with:

  • Nervous twitching of the face muscles.
  • Fits and convulsions.
  • Rapid chewing.
  • Salivation.
  • The muscles may also go into spasm.
  • Posterior paralysis may occur.
  • Death usually takes place within 3 days.

Causes / Contributing factors

  • Rabies virus is spread by contact with wild life.


Consult your veterinarian immediately.

Further Reading

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