Necrotis Enteritis Detected in Piglets in Rogaland

NORWAY - Necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens has been reported as the cause of severe scouring in piglets in Rogaland in western Norway.
calendar icon 16 June 2014
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The Veterinary Institute has detected the disease in piglets a few days old.

Histological examination showed necrosis of the intestinal mucosa, bleeding and plenty of bacilli.

Culturing the Clostridium perfringens isolated from the small intestine. Cl. perfringens beta-toxin was detected by examination at the Department of Bacteriology. Some piglets had bloody diarrhoea.

Intestinal fire is caused by the bacterium Clostridium perfringens type C, which produces a toxin (beta-toxin), which is highly detrimental to the intestinal mucosa. The bacteria are spore-forming and thus very difficult to remove from the environment. The disorder is rare in Norway, and it has recently been demonstrated in a few herds in Rogaland.

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