Coccidiosis - Pig

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Isospora suis oocyst from pig faeces - Joaquim Castellà Veterinary Parasitology Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Many species of Eimeria and Isospora
  • Only Isospora suis is of clinical pathogenic importance
  • Causes sporadic, serious and sometimes fatal disease in unweaned piglets
  • Very short 1 week prepatent period
  • Diarrhoea starts before oocysts are shed in faeces
    • Ante-mortem diagnosis is difficult
  • Death usually occurs after parasites have left the host
    • Post-mortem diagnosis difficult
    • Isospora infections are self-limiting