European-wide approval has been granted to Ecoporc Shiga, the first one-shot vaccine against oedema disease in piglets. The vaccine, developed and launched by IDT Biologika, provides reliable immunity against this lethal disease estimated to affect 100 million piglets per year worldwide.

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“Ecoporc Shiga is now a real alternative to antibiotics and other measures to avoid the threat of outbreaks in nursery pigs,” says Dr. Andreas Becker, international marketing manager at IDT.

With the approval from the European Commission, IDT will be organizing international distribution of the new vaccine, which has already been licensed in Switzerland.

Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli cause oedema disease, resulting in serious economic losses to the pig industry through a high rate of mortality or depressed performance among infected pigs. In individual herds, up to 15 percent of piglets can die — often the heaviest pigs. Ecoporc Shiga induces a high level of immunity against Shigatoxin (Stx2e, also known as Verotoxin immunity Vtx2e).

Piglets are vaccinated once at four days old to provide proven immunity from weaning and through the entire critical finishing phase. Comparative field studies with Ecoporc Shiga have demonstrated a reduction in mortality due to oedema disease from 11.4 percent down to 0 percent.