Fungus tied to respiratory diseases in pigs

Pneumocystis fungus linked to pneumonia in pigs but may require other underlying conditions to weaken immune defenses first.

Respiratory diseases in pigs typically involve multiple infections from different pathogens, some of which play a greater role than others in the progression of the disease.

The fungus Pneumocystis carinii is a relatively common cause of pneumonia in Austrian pigs, but its role has so far remained largely unexplored. Pneumocystis is considered to be less dangerous than other pathogens because it likely requires other underlying conditions to sufficiently weaken the immune

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