Rearing regimen producing piglet diarrhea (rotavirus) and its relevance to acute infantile diarrhea

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Science  17 Feb 1978:
Vol. 199, Issue 4330, pp. 776-778
DOI: 10.1126/science.203032


Piglets were weaned when 1 day old and thus were denied further access to the antibodies supplied by their dam's milk. They were placed in a nursery in which contamination by the ubiquitous rotavirus steadily increased with continuous use causing a progressive increase in the incidence of vomiting, diarrhea, and death among the piglets. A similar syndrome involving an antigenically related rotavirus and analogous management practices occurs in human infants.