Pork Checkoff Advises Producer Caution Over PMWS

US - A new strain of Postweaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS) could be headed to the United States.

PMWS is a disease that affects pigs four to six weeks after they move into the grow-to-finish phase.

Although a form of the disease has been in the country since the 1990’s, a more severe form was found in Canada in 2004.

Pork Checkoff Director of Swine Information and Research Dr. Pam Zaabel says although little is known about PMWS, it is important for producers to take action to prevent it.

“A lot of it comes back to management,“ advises Zaabel. “Avoid mixing and moving pigs when you can, decrease pig’s density, those types of things.“

Zaabel says evidence suggests that there is a relationship between vaccination practices and PMWS and producers should discuss the timing of other vaccinations with their veterinarian. Zaabel also encourages producers to control other diseases that may affect their herd.

For more information, visit our PMWS Technical Page

Source: Brownfield
calendar icon 23 March 2006
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