Improved Diagnostic Tools to Detect Re-Emerging Disease in Pigs, Iowa State University Study  
9/17/2012 7:51:30 AM

Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University are developing improved methods to diagnose a re-emerging swine disease that was essentially a non-issue five years ago but has become increasingly more common since then. Swine dysentery, also known as bloody scours, is a disease in pigs that causes diarrhea containing mucus and blood and eventually leads to uneven growth and increased mortality among infected herds. The disease is caused by Gram-negative spirochete bacteria known as Brachyspira hyodysenteriae.