Serological survey for Brucella antibodies in feral pigs from eastern Australia

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.
Date null
Year 1999
Secondary title Australian Veterinary Journal
Volume 77
Number 5
Pages 331-332
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1999.tb10276.x
Region Australia - national