Journal article

High anti-Ascaris seroprevalence in fattening pigs in Sichuan, China, calls for improved management strategies

Youle Zheng, Yue Xie, Peter Geldhof, Johnny Vlaminck, Guangxu Ma, Robin B Gasser, Tao Wang

PARASITES & VECTORS | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ascariasis, caused by Ascaris suum, is an important soil-transmitted parasitic disease of pigs worldwide. It leads to significant economic losses in the pork industry, as a consequence of low feed conversion efficiency in pigs and liver condemnation at slaughter. Despite ascariasis still being widespread on pig farms in many developing and the industrialised countries, there are surprisingly limited data on porcine ascariasis in China, where nearly half of the world's total pork is produced. METHODS: In the present study, using the recently developed A. suum-haemoglobin (As-Hb) antigen-based serological test, we screened 512 individual serum samples from fattening pigs from 13 fa..

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Grants

Awarded by International Cooperation Projects of Sichuan Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province, China Program


Funding Acknowledgements

This project was supported by the International Cooperation Projects of Sichuan Science and Technology Department of Sichuan Province, China Program 2014HH0047 (TW and PG). The funding body played no role in the design of the study or sample collection, data analysis or interpretation, or in the writing of the manuscript.