New tools to tackle Streptococcus suis bacteria that cause disease in pigs 


Streptococcus suis bacteria cause infections in pigs globally, affecting their health and wellbeing, driving antibiotics usage and, in many countries, the food safety of meat products. 

Infections caused by the bacteria account for up to 50% of total antibiotic prescribing in pigs.  

A FRSN funded project is working on developing a molecular test to identify the strains of Streptococcus suis bacteria that cause disease. The test could help to reduce disease in pigs caused by the bacteria and reduce antibiotics usage. 

The project is led by the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge working together with Wageningen University.