Necrotis Enteritis Detected in Piglets in Rogaland

16 June 2014, at 6:22am

NORWAY - Necrotic enteritis caused by Clostridium perfringens has been reported as the cause of severe scouring in piglets in Rogaland in western Norway.

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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