The Haematopinus suis is the pigs’ louse, that can cause anemia and is the main way of transmission for swine smallpox.
Alternative names: Lice, Porcine Pediculosis, Haematopinus suis
The Haematopinus suis louse is found worldwide. Its importance is variable as it can cause anemia and is the main way of transmission swinepox.
- Irritation of skin.
- Red skin lesions.
- Hairy pigs.
Causes / Contributing Factors
Outdoors pig farming.
Clinical examination: lice are large and easily visualized especially in the neck, flank, and in the inner parts of the legs.
- Lice are susceptible to many insecticides.
- The use of insecticides requires a second application in 10-20 days to break the production cycle.