The swine industry is going to change forever, thanks to a new vaccine. Pig Health Today reports that the first vaccine with two genotypes of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), 2a and 2b, was announced in San Diego during the American Association of Swine Veterinarians conference.
According to Lucina Galina, DVM, Ph.D., Zoetis’ director of swine technical services, Fostera Gold PCV MH provides a broad range of protection for US swine against evolving PCV2 viruses. A large field trial also showed that it was effective against 2d, which is the most prevalent genotype of the disease.
The comparative field trial involved 880 pigs. This showed how effective it was against genotype 2d. An unvaccinated group served as control while over 300 pigs received the vaccine. After 2 weeks, the pigs were challenged Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae then PCV2d a week later. Viremia was also better controlled in swine that received the vaccine.
The vaccine can be given once in a 2-ml dose at 3 weeks of age or as a split dose 3 weeks apart. The duration of immunity is said to be for at least 23 weeks for PCV and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyo). Presently, its duration of immunity for PCV2 is the longest of any US commercial vaccine of this kind. It also has a high margin of safety.
Are you in the swine industry? If so, I’d like to know what you think of this new vaccine and if it is something you’d like to use on your pigs. Here’s a link to the full article for more details.
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