Users' questions

What are the clinical signs of swine erysipelas?

What are the clinical signs of swine erysipelas?

Erysipelas in swine is caused primarily by Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae and has acute, subacute, and chronic manifestations. Common clinical signs include characteristic diamond-shaped skin lesions, diffuse erythema, septicemia, and/or arthritis. Pigs are often healthy carriers of the bacterium.

What causes erysipelas in pigs?

Swine erysipelas is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae seen mainly in growing pigs and characterised clinically by sudden death, fever, skin lesions and arthritis. The fever can induce abortion in pregnant gilts and sows.

How do you treat swine erysipelas?

Treatment. The erysipelas organism is very sensitive to penicillin. Acutely ill animals should be treated with quick acting penicillin twice daily for three days. Alternatively a long-acting penicillin, given as a single dose to cover 48 hours of treatment, could be given and then repeated.

What does erysipelas look like in pigs?

Is there a vaccine for erysipelas?

Ingelvac® ERY-ALC is a safe, effective, one dose, live Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae (erysipelas) vaccine. It is administered orally.

Is erysipelas contagious?

Are cellulitis and erysipelas contagious? No, because they affect the deeper layers of the skin. They are different from impetigo, which is a superficial infection and can be passed to other people.

Is there a vaccine for erysipelas in pigs?

Ingelvac® ERY-ALC is recommended for the vaccination of healthy, susceptible swine 8 weeks of age or older as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Erysipelothrix rhusiophathiae (erysipelas). Convenient water delivery results in less animal stress. Simple oral vaccination reduces the need for injections.

Can amoxicillin treat erysipelas?

§ Penicillin and amoxicillin are preferred for erysipelas. For patients with a penicillin allergy, cephalexin (depending on the allergy), clindamycin, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole are alternatives.