Vaccination against Clostridium perfringens type C enteritis in pigs: a field study using an adapted vaccination scheme.

Olivia K. Richard, Alexander Grahofer, Heiko Nathues & Horst Posthaus
Background Clostridium perfringens type C induced necrotizing enteritis (NE) causes high mortality in newborn piglets. Immunization programs employing commercially available vaccines are used to prevent disease. Sows are vaccinated during every gestation period and piglets take up antibodies from the colostrum. Antibodies against the major clostridial toxin beta-toxin (CPB) are considered essential for protective immunity. Because the pathogen can persist for several years on farms, continuous vaccination is essential to protect pig herds from the...
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