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Main Index
How was Ileitis discovered?
What’s in a name?
A worldwide problem?
Who gets Ileitis?
Why is Lawsonia intracellularis an increasing problem for the pig industry?
Which forms of Ileitis do exist?
Has Ileitis always been so common?
What is the likely impact of Ileitis on farm economics?
What types of treatment are available for Ileitis?
Which antibiotics are most effective against Ileitis?
What is the right time to vaccinate?
Why is Lawsonia intracellularis an increasing problem for the pig industry?
Since the development of antibiotics, the pig industry has made great progress in controlling diseases. The use of growth promoters made it possible in the last 2 decades to produce meat at lower costs with fewer enteric pathogens gene-rating clinical signs.

Increased use of antibiotics, health management and hygiene have led to the disappearance of diseases such as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) and swine dysentery, and covered up the clinical signs of proliferative enteropathy.

With the introduction of the prohibition of antimicrobial growth promoters in January 2006 in the EU, and furthermore, the recommendation of the World Health Organisation on the reduction of antibiotics use because of possible development of multiple resistant bacteria, Lawsonia intracellularis will become a prominent disease on many high health farms. Ileitis has become an increasing problem in Denmark since antibiotics where prohibited in 2000.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health GmbH, 55216 Ingelheim, Germany. Tel: +49-6132-77-0 Fax: +49-6132-77-3000

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