Endemic ringworm and Staphylococcus hyicus infections: A case report

Anthony R. Scheiber, DVM, Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

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A 150-sow farrow-to-finish operation had a history of endemic skin problems in sows and pigs for 2 years.A complete investigation, including skin biopsies, cultural examination and sensitivity, blood samples, and nutritional and building evaluation, was conducted to identify possible causes. Results showed a dermatomycosis (ringworm infection), Staphylococcus hyicus infection, possible nutritional deficiencies, and housing inadequacies, causing these endemic conditions.

A control program, which included washing sows, using antibiotics and autogenous vaccines, changing processing techniques, adding supplemental micronutrients, and modifying buildings, was initiated. These changes were followed by rapid improvement in the skin problems.The multiple control programs make it difficult to attribute the improvement to any one change or treatment.

Keywords: Staphylococcus hyicus, ringworm

RIS citationCite as: Scheiber AR. Endemic ringworm and Staphylococcus hyicus infections: A case report. J Swine Health Prod 1995;3(4):165-167.

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