Two federally licensed attenuated live transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus vaccines (an IM vaccine and an oral-IM vaccine) and 1 nonlicensed nonattenuated live TGE virus vaccine were evaluated and compared in sows free of TGE virus-neutralizing antibodies. Litters from the sows were challenge exposed at 3 and 5 days of age, and results were combined according to the vaccine administered to the sows. The survivability of pigs suckling sows vaccinated with the nonattenuated vaccine was significantly (P less than 0.01) greater than that of pigs suckling sows vaccinated with the IM attenuated vaccine, significantly (P less than 0.05) greater than that of pigs suckling sows vaccinated with the oral-IM attenuated vaccine, and significantly (P less than 0.05) greater than that of pigs suckling sows that had not been vaccinated. The differences, however, between survivability of litters from sows vaccinated with the IM attenuated vaccine or the oral-IM attenuated vaccine and that of litters from the sows not vaccinated were not significant (P greater than 0.10). The nonattenuated TGE vaccine, although giving a higher level of protection than the attenuated vaccine, was eventually overwhelmed. Dexamethasone did not increase the incidence of diarrhea, and levamisole did not potentiate the lactogenic immunity in sows after given their first dose of the nonattenuated vaccine. Survivability in litters suckling sows that developed diarrhea after given their first dose of the nonattenuated vaccine was not greater than that in litters suckling sows that did not develop diarrhea. The best results were obtained when 3-day-old suckling pigs were challenge exposed with virulent TGE virus.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American journal of veterinary research|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1989|
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