I’m sure that more or less every producer in the swine industry has heard of and are taking measures against PCV2 or porcine circovirus type 2. Pig Health Today says the industry should be wary of PCV3, otherwise known as porcine circovirus type 3.
While both are circular DNA viruses of the? family, Emily Byers, DVM of Prestage Farms says that they are very different on a molecular level. PCV3 can present the same symptoms as PCV2. Infected swine will exhibit porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome, multi-systemic wasting syndrome, and also PCVAD (porcine circovirus-associated disease).
Byers says you will see sows eating one day and they’ll be dead the next. While disease progression is gradual, clinical signs started to surface until the farm received the confirmed diagnosis. This took about 18 months since they did not have a PCR test to identify PVC3.
“There’s a huge knowledge gap [about this virus],” Byers said. “We’re starting to get some traction, but we have a lot of research to do on this virus to fully understand the implications.” She advises producers and veterinarians to be vigilant, especially when the clinical signs are present. You can read the full article here.
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