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Glässer’s Disease Test

1 October 2012, at 7:55am

UK - Work has begun work to develop a faster and more accurate test for the bacterium which causes Glässer’s disease: Haemophilus parasuis (HPS).

BPEX is funding student Kate Howell, of the University of Cambridge, to develop the test to distinguish between disease-associated and non-disease-associated HPS, using DNA techniques.

Five per cent of all swine respiratory disease in the UK is caused by HPS bacteria, according to the AHVLA.

This represents a significant burden on the farming industry and a major impact on welfare.

Symptoms of HPS infection include meningitis, septicaemia, anorexia, arthritis, fever, pleurisy, peritonitis and increased pig mortality.

Get involved in the BPEX Pig Health Improvement Project (PHIP) in your area: here.

Download the BPEX Focus On Health information pack here.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Glässer’s disease by clicking here.
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