Ascaris suum can result in major financial losses for pig farmers in South Africa. In addition to respiratory problems, liver damage and appetite loss, this small intestinal roundworm slows the animal’s growth rate, forcing the farmer to spend more on feed before the pig can be sold or taken to the abattoir.
A. suum eggs are deposited in faeces and soil, and their sticky external coating enables them to adhere to walls, equipment and animals’ skin.
If the eggs end up on a plant, an animal that consumes the plant will become infected. Water can also become infected with the eggs.
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September 13, 2019