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Revista de Salud Animal

Print version ISSN 0253-570XOn-line version ISSN 2224-4700


VEGA-CANIZARES, Ernesto et al. Efficacy of a probiotic on Escherichia coli K88 in swine. Rev Salud Anim. [online]. 2018, vol.40, n.1, pp.00-00. ISSN 0253-570X.

The use of probiotics to improve health and animal production has been motivated by their beneficial effects on the host. In order to evaluate the efficacy of a probiotic on the reduction of the bacterial load of Escherichia coli K88 in swine, a probiotic, composed of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus termophilus, was applied in breeding pigs. Three groups of pigs were formed. In all of them, the treatment was applied orally, at the time of birth and at the following 24 hours. In the first group, 5 mL of the probiotic, containing cane honey, torula yeast and cultureof Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus termophilus, were applied. The second group was applied 5 mL of cane honey and torula yeast, and the third group was applied 5 mL of sterile water. All the animals from the different groups were subsequently inoculated orally with the strain Escherichia coli K88. It is concluded that the use of this probiotic significantly reduces the bacterial load of the strain Escherichia coli K88

Keywords : probiotics; Escherichia coli K88; swine.

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