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Coccidiosis

See chapter 11 for further information.

(414) This is a disease seen in sucking pigs, occasionally growing pigs and it is rare in adults. However occasionally where finishing pigs are moved into continually populated pens to be retained as breeding animals high levels of coccidia can persist and cause disease. This may be characterised by poor growth and sloppy faeces which may occasionally be tinged with blood. An examination of a faeces sample would help in diagnosis.

Control is effected by depopulating and washing out the pen to remove the coccidial oocysts and using a disinfection such as OO-CIDE. Treatment is either by injections of sulphonamides every other day for three applications or medication of the drinking water for seven days.

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