LAWSONIA INTRACELLULARIS
AN INVISIBLE ENEMY THAT HIDES FARM’S TRUE POTENTIAL


Do you know how much this invisible enemy impacts profitability? *1

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* Based on Holtkamp. Economic losses associated with ileitis, 201

Description of ileitis

Infectious disease caused by Lawsonia Intracellularis affecting the intestine of pigs and causing significant production losses mainly during growth and fattening.

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Prevalence of ileitis*2

According to standard serological tests (IPMA and blocking ELISA), it is very likely that the disease is present in almost all farms, even in those with the higher sanitary status.

*2 Mirjam Arnold, Heiko Nathues. Prevalence of Lawsonia Intracellularis infections in pigs herds in different EU countries – A European multicenter study. Mirjam, Universität. Pending publication.

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Economic impact

Pigs affected by ileitis have a worse IC. The estimated cost per commercialized pig is 4.25€ (46.71€ millions per year in the USA).

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The Expert Talks


What is ileitis?

Pedro Rubio describes the main characteristics of Porcine Proliferative Enteropathy

(known as ileitis), including its etiology, pathogenesis, and epidemiology.

How does ileitis affect productivity?

How does ileitis show and how to fight it?

Why vaccinate against ileitis?

Standard hygiene measures must be accompanied by correct vaccination.

The use of antibiotics is declining, due to international regulations and consumer concerns.

The Disease


History and Etiology of ileitis

L. intracellularis is a gram-negative rod with a sigmoid or curved shape and with a single long flagellum.

Among all the serological tests developed so far, only blocking ELISA is commercially available globally.

Pathogenesis of L. Intracellularis

The symptoms of ileitis in pigs are diverse, and include hemorrhagic or acute, chronic and subclinical.

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Epidemiology of ileitis

Not much is known about the epidemiology of L. Intracellularis.

These are the reasons.

Clinical signs and forms of ileitis

The symptoms of ileitis in pigs are diverse, and include hemorrhagic or acute, chronic and subclinical.

Among all the seLearn more about all its clinical presentations.rological tests developed so far, only blocking ELISA is commercially available globally.

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