Letters Zoonosis in veterinary practice

Necrosis from needlestick injury with live Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae porcine vaccine

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6261 (Published 04 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6261
  1. Andrew N Rycroft, university professor1,
  2. Pornchalit Assavacheep, lecturer1,
  3. Michael Jacobs, consultant physician2,
  4. Paul R Langford, university professor3
  1. 1Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK
  2. 2Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG, UK
  3. 3Section of Paediatrics, Department of Medicine, Wright Fleming Institute, Imperial College London, St Mary’s Campus, London W2 1PG, UK
  1. arycroft@rvc.ac.uk

Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae causes porcine pleuropneumonia, a highly infectious and commonly lethal disease in pigs.1 It is present in porcine respiratory tract wherever pig production is industrialised, but it is not considered to be zoonotic.2 To our knowledge, no cases of infection have been reported in animals other than pigs or in humans, including abattoir and farm workers. Vaccinating pigs against pleuropneumonia is an important …

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