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This NebGuide discusses various plans to control and eradicate an increasingly important disease of swine--Pseudorabies.

Introduction and History

Pseudorabies (Aujeszky's Disease) is an acute, frequently fatal disease affecting most species of domestic and wild animals. The disease is caused by a virus of the Herpesvirus group, and is characterized by a variety of clinical signs--those involving the nervous and respiratory systems being particularly prominent. Pseudorabies is a persistent cause of loss in both cattle and sheep in many countries throughout the world.

Pseudorabies is an increasingly important disease of swine in the U.S. This increase in importance has paralleled the swine industry's move to larger confinement type pork production units.