AFLATOXIN TOXICITY, AFLATOXICOSIS IN SWINE
 
Description    Aflatoxins are produced by the fungi ASPERGILLUS FLAVUS or A. PARASITICUS. Fungal invasion of cereals is the common source for acute or chronic aflatoxicosis. Liver damage is seen at necropsy and the toxin can be found in affected feeds.
 
Species   Porcine
 
Signs   Abortion or weak newborns, Anorexia, Ascites, Ataxia, Coma, Coughing, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Epistaxis, Excessive salivation, Fever, Generalized weakness, Hemorrhage of any body part or clotting failure, Icterus, Increased respiratory rate, Lack of growth or weight gain, Pale, Rough hair coat, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Tachycardia, Trembling, Tremor, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Vomiting or regurgitation, Weight loss
 
References   Chaytor AC. Effects of chronic exposure of diets with reduced concentrations of aflatoxin and deoxynivalenol on growth and immune status of pigs. J Anim Sci 2011;89:124 [Web Reference]
Rustemeyer SM. Effects of dietary aflatoxin on the health and performance of growing barrows. J Anim Sci 2010;88:3624 [Web Reference]
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