Risk of shedding Salmonella organisms by market-age hogs in a barn with open-flush gutters

Peter R. Davies, W. E.Morgan Morrow, Frank T. Jones, John Deen, Paula J. Fedorka-Cray, Jeffrey T. Gray

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Objective - To compare prevalence of fecal shedding of Salmonella organisms and serum antibodies to Salmonella sp in market-age pigs housed in barns with partially slotted floors or solid floors with open-flush gutters. Design - Cross-sectional study of prevalence. Sample Population - Finishing-age pigs deemed by the producer to be within 1 month of slaughter. Procedure - Fecal and serum samples were obtained from a group of 121 pigs housed in a barn with solid floors (31 fecal samples, 30 serum samples) and from a group of about 400 pigs housed on partially slotted floors (57 fecal samples, 64 serum samples). Fecal samples were submitted for bacteriologic culture to detect Salmonella organisms, and serum samples were tested for antibodies by use of ELISA. Results - Salmonella agona was isolated from 26 of 31 (84%) fecal samples obtained from pigs housed in the open-flush gutter barn, compared with 5 of 57 (9%) fecal samples from pigs in the barn with slotted floors. Median value for optical density was higher for serum samples from pigs housed in the open-flush gutter barn. Clinical Implications - Housing of finishing-age swine in barns with open-flush gutters may contribute to increased shedding of Salmonella sp. Analysis of our observations indicated that repeated exposure to infected feces is important in prolonging fecal shedding by swine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)386-389
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 1 1997


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