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Fatty acids help deter growth of harmful bacteria in piglets

One of the main causes of health problems and one of the reasons for using therapeutic antibiotics in rearing piglets is the occurrence of the pathogenic gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus suis. A special organic acid mix might help with containing the problem.

To tackle the problem of Streptococcus suis in piglets more research is needed such as determining the way this bacterium is spread within a herd and developing adapted feeding concepts. Different researchers found that S. suis plays an important role in the intestines where it can pass through the intestinal wall (translocation towards mesenteric lymph nodes). This means that S. suis does not only enter the blood through exterior wounds or tonsils finally leading to meningitis.

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