Seasonality of sarcoptic mange in pigs in South Australia

Aust Vet J. 1991 Dec;68(12):390-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1991.tb03105.x.


Retrospective analysis of records, from July 1987 to June 1991, of 1140 inspections of slaughtered pigs from 154 swine herds in the Pig Health Monitoring Scheme of South Australia was conducted to evaluate patterns of variation in the prevalence and severity of skin lesions typical of sarcoptic mange. An increase in the severity of sarcoptic mange in winter and spring was observed. There was a substantial reduction in the severity of mange over the period of monitoring. These observations support the role of monitoring at slaughter in the management of endemic disease. They provide some basis for refining control programs for mange to improve cost-effectiveness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Prevalence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scabies / epidemiology
  • Scabies / pathology
  • Scabies / veterinary*
  • Seasons
  • Skin / pathology
  • South Australia / epidemiology
  • Swine
  • Swine Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Swine Diseases / pathology
  • Temperature