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Five strains of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae serotype 1 were used to intranasally infect 5 groups of pigs. Using each bacterial strain, infected pigs (termed seeder pigs) were commingled for 48 hours with 5 groups of noninfected test pigs, then were removed. Seeder and test pigs were maintained in isolation and were observed for 14 days. Seeder pigs had mortality that was threefold greater than that of test pigs (24% vs 8%). Rectal temperature in excess of 40.3 C was achieved for 84% of test pigs and 88% of seeder pigs. Neither of these 2 variables was statistically different between the 2 groups of pigs. Clinical impression scores ≥ 2 (on a 0 to 3 scale) were threefold (64% vs 20%) greater for seeder than for test pigs (P < 0.05). The total number of bacterial isolations or nonrecoverable isolates was tabulated for test and seeder pigs’ lungs at necropsy, irrespective of the amount of lesions. The number of A pleuropneumoniae isolations was not statistically different between test and seeder pig populations. Recovery of Pasteurella multocida or other bacteria was greater from the seeder pigs (P < 0.05), whereas the number of non-recoverable isolates was greater from test pigs than from seeder pigs (P < 0.05). Assessment of lung lesions at necropsy by either visual estimation or on a weight basis were in agreement. Fewer test pigs had lung lesions in excess of 5% of total lung volume than did seeder pigs (40% vs 84%) and, according to the odds ratio estimation, seeder pigs were 7 times more likely than test pigs to have such lesions. These results indicate a predictable, moderate intensity, natural exposure model for use in the study of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae-induced pneumonia. The seeder pig model appears to mimic field infection in development of clinical illness, febrile response, lung lesions, mortality, and low potential for secondary pneumonic bacterial involvement, thus providing a useful tool for preliminary evaluation of anti-infective modalities.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research


Objective—To determine associations between in vitro minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of tilmicosin against Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida and in vivo tilmicosin treatment outcome among calves with clinical signs of bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

Design—Observational, retrospective, cohort study.

Animals—976 feeder calves with clinical signs of BRD enrolled in 16 randomized clinical trials.

Procedures—Records of clinical trials from October 26, 1996, to November 15, 2004, were searched to identify calves with BRD from which a single isolate of M haemolytica or P multocida was identified via culture of deep nasal swab samples prior to treatment with tilmicosin (10 mg/kg [4.5 mg/lb], SC) and for which MICs of tilmicosin against the isolate were determined. The MICs of tilmicosin against recovered isolates and response to tilmicosin treatment were evaluated.

Results—Tilmicosin resistance among M haemolytica and P multocida isolates was uncommon (6/745 [0.8%] and 16/231 [6.9%], respectively). Treatment outcome, defined as success or failure after tilmicosin treatment, did not vary with the MIC of tilmicosin against recovered isolates. The proportion of treatment failures attributed to M haemolytica isolates categorized as resistant (MIC of tilmicosin, ≥ 32 μg/mL) or not susceptible (MIC of tilmicosin, ≥ 16 μg/mL), was 0.2% and 0.5%, respectively.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Recovery of tilmicosin-resistant M haemolytica or P multocida isolates was rare, and no association was detected between MIC of tilmicosin and treatment response.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association