Brucella suis is an enzootic disease of feral pigs (Sus scrofa) in central Queensland. Feral pigs infected with B suis may infect domestic pigs, and area a source of infection for cattle herds. In addition, brucellosis is an important disease of man, and infection is strongly linked with those involved in the dressing and handling of feral pigs for export.
Although B suis has never been recovered from feral pig population in New South Wales, there is speculation from hospital records and discussions with government veterinarians that B suis is moving south from the enzootic area in central eastern Queensland (E Sergeant personal communication). The size and extent of the B suis enzootic area has not been defined. We aimed to determine the prevalence of antibodies to B suis in feral pigs from New South Wales and the southerly extent of the distribution of B suis in Queensland.
|Author||Mason, R. J. and Fleming, P. J. S.|
|Secondary title||Australian Veterinary Journal|
|Region||Australia - national|