Publication Date

January 2011

Abstract

Yersiniosis is the third most frequent zoonosis reported in the European Union with pork as an important source. Identifying risk factors in swine production which may decrease the risk of pork production contamination during pre-harvest is an important step prior to controlling Yersinia spp.. Therefore, management strategies and production processes which might be associated with fattening pigs testing seropositive for pathogenic Yersinia spp. were investigated on 80 fattening pig farms. Although more than 70 farm characteristics were included in the risk assessment, there were only a few which seemed to be connected with serological prevalence: housing on a fully slatted floor and the use of municipal water were observed in herds with low serological Yersinia prevalence, whereas recurring health problems and a low daily weight gain compared to the mean of the herds included in the study were identified more often in herds with a high prevalence.

Book Title

71st International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork

Pages

207-210

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/safepork-180809-623

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Herd-level risk factors influencing serological Yersinia prevalence in fattening pig herds

Maastricht, Netherlands

Yersiniosis is the third most frequent zoonosis reported in the European Union with pork as an important source. Identifying risk factors in swine production which may decrease the risk of pork production contamination during pre-harvest is an important step prior to controlling Yersinia spp.. Therefore, management strategies and production processes which might be associated with fattening pigs testing seropositive for pathogenic Yersinia spp. were investigated on 80 fattening pig farms. Although more than 70 farm characteristics were included in the risk assessment, there were only a few which seemed to be connected with serological prevalence: housing on a fully slatted floor and the use of municipal water were observed in herds with low serological Yersinia prevalence, whereas recurring health problems and a low daily weight gain compared to the mean of the herds included in the study were identified more often in herds with a high prevalence.