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Pig Diseases
Periweaning failure to thrive in pigs in Spain
  1. J. Segalés1,
  2. J. Martínez1,
  3. E. Vidal1,
  4. T. Kekarainen1,
  5. J. Bragulat2,
  6. C. Quintilla3 and
  7. A. Finestra4
  1. Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA – UAB-IRTA), Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
  2. AGROCAT, 08272 Sant Fruitós de Bages, Barcelona, Spain
  3. COPINSA, 22540 Altorricón, Huesca, Spain
  4. Technical Support Consulting SL, 25400 Les Borges Blanques, Lleida, Spain
  1. e-mail: joaquim.segales{at}

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PORCINE periweaning failure-to-thrive syndrome (PFTS) is a clinical condition affecting piglets two to three weeks after weaning, which is mainly characterised by anorexia, lethargy and progressive debilitation (Huang and others 2011). This condition affects nursery pigs in the absence of discernible and detrimental infectious, managemental, nutritional or environmental factors that can explain the clinical signs (Huang and others 2012). Morbidity is very variable (1 to 20 per cent), and unaffected age-matched piglets grow and behave normally. The aetiology, pathophysiology, and pathogenesis of PFTS are unknown, although a number of infectious agents have been found in affected pigs (Huang and others 2012). So far, this condition has mainly been described in North America, but such a clinical picture is suspected to be present in other parts of the world. The objective of this letter is to present data on the preliminary investigation of a clinical …

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