PMID: 9615954Jun 6, 1998Paper

Evaluation of the prevalence of sarcoptic mange in slaughtered fattening pigs in southeastern Spain

Veterinary Parasitology
F Alonso de VegaM R Ruiz de Ybañez Carnero


In this study the prevalence of sarcoptic mange in fattening pigs in Murcia, southeastern Spain was investigated. Results showed that 37% of the 1318 slaughtered pigs examined were positive for Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis. Skin lesions potentially attributable to this mite were present in 92.80% of animals, but the parasite could be detected in only 38.60% of them. The condition of the ear (clean/dirty) was not a defining characteristic for the diagnosis of this swine disease. A sucrose flotation-concentration technique was more effective than direct microscopy in finding the mite in ear scrapings.


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