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Vaccine. 1988 Oct;6(5):387-9.

Towards a live oral vaccine against enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli of swine.

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Enterovax Limited, University of Adelaide, South Australia.


A live oral vaccine has been developed against scouring induced in piglets by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC). An attenuated strain of Salmonella typhimurium, G30, has been used as a vector for plasmids encoding the production of the fimbrial colonization factors of porcine ETEC. Initial studies with clones expressing K88 or K99 fimbriae have shown them to be well tolerated when administered orally in very high doses. The clones elicited serum, colostral and milk antibodies to the fimbrial antigens, and a challenge trial indicated that such responses were sufficient to ensure the passive transfer of protective immunity to suckling piglets. The possible advantages of this approach are discussed.

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