Vomiting and Wasting Disease, a Coronavirus Infection of Pigs

  • K. Andries
  • M. Pensaert
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 142)


In 1957, an epizootic disease of nursing pigs characterized by high morbidity, vomiting, anorexia, constipation and severe progressive emaciation was observed in Canadian swine herds.1 In acute cases, vomiting and severe depression were the only symptoms noted before death. More frequently the disease tended to become chronic. The affected suckling pigs became emaciated and usually died of starvation after a few weeks. Pigs that survived were permanently stunted. The condition was called “vomiting and wasting disease” because of its salient characteristics.


Dorsal Root Ganglion Trigeminal Ganglion Medulla Oblongata Vagal Nerve Breeding Farm 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Andries
    • 1
  • M. Pensaert
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of VirologyFaculty of Veterinary Medicine State University of GentGentBelgium

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