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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea - Clinical Signs

Clinical Signs

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea is signified by a severe outbreak of rapidly spreading diarrhoea.  Symptoms include:

  • The diarrhoea is watery and whole litters of piglets rapidly dehydrate and die.
  • High mortality (up to 100%) in suckling (pre-weaned) piglets from all parities of sow.
  • Reduced appetite, lethargy and vomiting, affecting all ages of pigs.
  • On outdoor units piglets could be found dead before diarrhoea is noticed.
  • On finisher-only sites, the diarrhoea occurs as an obvious sudden outbreak, also causing vomiting and reduced appetite, but few or no deaths.

If you suspect PED then you must contact the Scottish Pig Disease Control Centre by telephoning 01466 705247 without delay.