Kenya Veterinarian

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An Outbreak of Exudative Epidermitis in Baconers in Zimbabwe

O Bwangamoi, M Mavenyengwa, K Mohan, J Ngondonga


An outbreak of exudative epidermitis in nine, 28 weeks old Landrace baconers is reported. The skin of these pigs was covered in scales, crusts, dirty greyish brown scabs, and multiple fissures from which pus oozed. The lesions were most severe on the ears and perineum. The pigs were goose-stepping because of painful coronitis and five of them were blind. Swabs taken for culturing from 6 pigs yielded Staphylococcus spp which were susceptible to trimethoprim, septrin and tetracycline. Also isolated was Actinomyces pyogenes which was sensitive to penicillin. Histologically, there was pyoderma, lichenification and focal necrosis with numerous colonies of gram positive cocci in the epidermis and dermis. Pseudocarcinomas hyperplasia was prominent. A diagnosis of exudative epidermitis was made. This confirms the existence of exudative epidermitis in Zimbabwe.

The Kenya Veterinarian Vol. 18 (1) 1994: pp. 28-30

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