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The Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is an economically significant disease that affects the pig industry globally. This section reviews the latest new features on this disease.

PRRS

PRRSV in Europe: where did it come from?

PRRSV diversity in Europe

The great genetic diversity of East European strains has practical implications, the sensitivity of some of the diagnostic PCR methods can be compromised and the efficacy of the current PRRSV vaccines against the East European genetic variants still needs to be elucidated.

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Diagnosis of PRRS

Figure 1. Gross lung lesion

Any tentative clinical diagnosis then should be confirmed by detection of PRRSV (infectious virus, viral antigens and/or viral genomic material) in affected pigs using laboratory methods in conjunction with typical lesions.

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