Acclimation strategies in gilts to control Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infection

Laura Garza-Moreno, Joaquim Segalés, Maria Pieters, Anna Romagosa, Marina Sibila

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© 2018 Elsevier B.V. Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae (M. hyopneumoniae) is the primary causative agent of enzootic pneumonia (EP), one of the most economically important infectious disease for the swine industry worldwide. M. hyopneumoniae transmission occurs mainly by direct contact (nose-to-nose) between infected to susceptible pigs as well as from infected dams to their offspring (sow-to-piglet). Since disease severity has been correlated with M. hyopneumoniae prevalence at weaning in some studies, and gilts are considered the main bacterial shedders, an effective gilt acclimation program should help controlling M. hyopneumoniae in swine farms. The present review summarizes the different M. hyopneumoniae monitoring strategies of incoming gilts and recipient herd and proposes a farm classification according to their health statuses. The medication and vaccination programs against M. hyopneumoniae most used in replacement gilts are reviewed as well. Gilt replacement acclimation against M. hyopneumoniae in Europe and North America indicates that vaccination is the main strategy used, but there is a current trend in US to deliberately expose gilts to the pathogen.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-29
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018


  • Adaptation strategies
  • Europe
  • Gilt acclimation
  • Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
  • North America


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