Special Issue "The Porcine Respiratory Disease Complex"
A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 10808
Interests: porcine reproductive and respiratory viruses; classical swine fever viruses; henipaviruses; immunity; vaccines
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Pig production is one of the fastest growing livestock sectors. The drive to satisfy the increasing demand for affordable animal proteins has resulted in significant changes to the traditional agricultural practices. Intensification of pig production, urbanisation, and increasing ease of travel and transport, have led to an increase in formerly uncommon diseases and to the emergence of new diseases. In addition, under these modern production systems, respiratory diseases frequently manifest as a disease complex, commonly referred to as the porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC). The PRDC is responsible for major economic losses in the pig industry worldwide. The PRDC is multifactorial, involving environmental, nutrition, and management determinants and, often, mixed infections with different pathogens. For example, infection with viruses, such as the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and swine influenza viruses, alone or in combination, may lead to pneumonia caused by opportunistic bacterial pathogens, such as Pasteurella multocida, Mycoplasma hyopneumonia, and Streptococcus suis. However, there is still much to be learnt about the interactions between these pathogens and their role in the co-pathogenesis of PRDC. In this Special Issue, we will explore our understanding of the PDRC and the contribution of individual pathogens. We will highlight the ongoing efforts to improve the control of these pathogens and thus reduce the severe economic losses associated with the PDRC.
Dr. Simon Graham
Dr. Elma Tchilian
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