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.
Porcine proliferative enteropathy (PPE), also known as ileitis, is an infectious enteric disease caused by the obligate intracellular bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis. The forms of presentation of the disease in pigs are haemorrhagic or acute, chronic and subclinical. As the most prevalent and economically important enteric disease in growing finishing animals, it deserves frequent updating regarding its general aspects and updates.
“Ileitis is an example of a disease that you must learn how to live with”.
As a result, the intention of this series of articles about the disease is to remind the reader about the relevance of its adequate understanding and, consequently, efficient control for improving herd performance.