Streptococcus suis is a swine pathogen and a zoonotic agent afflicting people in close contact with infected pigs or pork meat. Sporadic cases of human infections have been reported worldwide. In addition, S. suis outbreaks emerged in Asia, making this bacterium a primary health concern in this part of the globe. In pigs, S. suis disease results in decreased performance and increased mortality, which have a significant economic impact on swine production worldwide. Facing the new regulations in preventive use of antimicrobials in livestock and lack of effective vaccines, control of S. suis infections is worrisome. Increasing and sharing of knowledge on this pathogen is of utmost importance. As such, the pathogenesis and epidemiology of the infection, antimicrobial resistance, progress on diagnosis, prevention, and control were among the topics discussed during the 4th International Workshop on Streptococcus suis (held in Montreal, Canada, June 2019). This review gathers together recent findings on this important pathogen from lectures performed by lead researchers from several countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Thailand, The Netherlands, UK, and USA. Finally, policies and recommendations for the manufacture, quality control, and use of inactivated autogenous vaccines are addressed to advance this important field in veterinary medicine.
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Funding: This work was mainly funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant to M.S. and M.G. (# 402822) and partially funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through grants to M.S. (no. 342150) and to M.G. (no. 04435). C.S., L.A.W., J.M.W., P.V.W., A.dG, and V.A. gratefully acknowledge financial support for their research from the European Union’s Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement no. 727966 (PIGSs). M.S. is a holder of a Canada Research Chair—Tier 1 (CIHR).
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- Public health
- Streptococcus suis
- Vaccine policies