Coinfection with Entamoeba polecki and Brachyspira hyodysenteriae in a pig with severe diarrhea
Enteric disease in pigs is usually of multifactorial etiology, including infectious and non-infectious factors. In many cases of endemic diarrhea in weaner-to-finisher pigs, the combination of 2 or more microorganisms leads to aggravation of intestinal lesions and, consequently, clinical signs. We autopsied a 4-mo-old fattening pig with diarrhea and diagnosed severe fibrinonecrotizing typhlocolitis. Numerous spiral-shaped bacteria and amoeba-like PAS-positive protozoa were observed in the cecal and colonic mucosa and submucosa. Brachyspira hyodysenteriae was detected by PCR from colonic content. By in situ hybridization, large numbers of Entamoeba polecki were found within the lamina propria and submucosa; moderate numbers of Blastocystis sp. and scattered trichomonads were present in intestinal content. In addition, Entamoeba polecki, Balantidium spp., Blastocystis sp., and Trichomonas sp. were also detected by PCR.
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Cuvertoret-Sanz, Maria, Christiane Weissenbacher-Lang, Madeleine Lunardi, René Brunthaler, Mònica Coma, Herbert Weissenböck and Joaquim Segalés, 2019. "Coinfection With Entamoeba Polecki And Brachyspira Hyodysenteriae In A Pig With Severe Diarrhea". Journal Of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 31(2), 298-302. SAGE Publications. doi:10.1177/104063871982980.
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