October 24, 2003



Germany Introduces Pig Vaccine Against Erysipelas; Offers 95% Protection


Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., a German company, has introduced a combination pig vaccine to prevent and control the Glasser's disease, caused by Haemophilus parasuis, as well as protection against Erysipelas.


In tests, a single dose of the combination vaccine, called Ingelvac HPE-1, protected 95% of the pigs given Erysipelas; 100% of non-vaccinated pigs developed the disease and 46% of these pigs died.


A booster vaccination of Ingelvac ERY-ALC at 8 weeks from a piglet's birth increased protection above 95%, says Donna Taylor, a spokesperson for the company.