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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2014

Authors: Joachim, A; Schwarz, L; Hinney, B; Ruttkowski, B; Vogl, C; Mundt, HC

Title: Which factors influence the outcome of experimental infection with Cystoisospora suis?

Source: Parasitol Res. 2014; 113(5):1863-1873

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Hinney Barbara
Joachim Anja
Ruttkowski Bärbel
Schwarz Lukas
Vogl Claus

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Parasitology
Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Unit of Molecular Genetics
University Clinic for Swine

For reliable predictions of clinical and parasitological outcome of experimental infections with parasites, different models must be evaluated for possible influences of infection time point, infection dose and host-specific parameters such as breed or litter size. To address these issues for Cystoisospora (syn. Isospora) suis, the causative agent of porcine neonatal coccidiosis, 181 piglets from 90 litters (hybrid crosses of different breeds) were included in a retrospective study to evaluate differences in time point and dose of infection in four different experimental models ((1) 1,500 oocysts on the 4th day of life, d.o.l.; (2) 1,000 oocysts, 4th d.o.l.; (3) 1,000 oocysts, 1st d.o.l.; (4) 5,000 oocysts, 4th d.o.l.). The target variables body weight gain, faecal consistency and oocyst excretion were evaluated during the acute phase of infection (5-10 days post infection), and the influences of the dependent variables breed or litter size were estimated. Despite differences in the time course of excretion and faecal consistency, neither the average amount of excretion nor the average faecal consistency differed among models, breeds or litters of different size. High individual variability was seen in all four models as described earlier for higher infection doses. When infections on the 1st vs. 4th day of life were compared, no differences in averages could be found, in contrast to previous observations on the influence of age. Other, not yet defined, variables appear to have a greater impact on the outcome of infection than doses and time points in the tested range, despite the reliable outcome of infection with high excretion rates and signs of clinical disease.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Animals, Newborn
Body Weight
Litter Size
Swine Diseases/parasitology*
Time Factors

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