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State Veteeixary College. 95 


H. J. 'Milks. 
Department of Materia Medica and Small Animal Clinic. 

The importance of '' Hog Cholera " and the production of anti- 
hog eholera serum to the live stock interests of the State will be 
readily seen when one considers that according to the year book 
of the United States Department of Agriculture for 1910, there 
were 656,000 hogs in the State with a value of $7,5i4,000. There 
has always been doubt as to whether the highly infectious disease 
hog cholera existed in the State or whether the reported outbreaks 
of cholera were not caused by some dietary condition as, for in- 
stance, Moore has pointed out in the case of feeding swill which 
contained large quantities of powdered soap. 

However, after the discovery that a filterable virus is the cause 
of the|epizootic disease and not the bacillus of hog cholera, it was 
suggested that some of the outbreaks of apparently infectious 
diseases of swine from which this latter organism could not be 
isolated might be due to the filterable virus. With this in view, 
several inoculations were made with the filtered blood of animals 
which had died of supposed hog cholera. The result of this work 
proves , conclusively that hog cholera exists in four counties of 
the State and there is good evidence that it is present in other 

. Historically it is interesting to note that hog cholera has existed 
in this country for a long time. It was first reported from Ohio 
in 1833 and was thought by American authorities to have been 
imported from Europe. Scientists on that continent, however, 
denied its existence in Europe until long after its appearance 
here. The absence of positive diagnosis at that time failed to 
make clear in which country it originated. It is reasonably cer- 
tain, however, that Ohio was the first state to be infected. During 
the next twenty years after its first appearance there were over 
ninety outbreaks divided among several states and furnishing 
centers from which the infection has been carried to practically 
ever state in the Union. 

Dr. Geo. Sutton of Aurora, Ind., made the first report upon 
the disease in 1853. This was followed by reports by E. M. Snow 
of Providence, R. I., in 1861, Dr. James Law, Ithaca, N. T., in 
1875, and Dr. Detmers in 1877. Dr. Law's re^p^rt coiitains, the 

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first fairly accurate and complete description of the disease. The 
work of these men covered the symptoms of the disease and the 
post-mortem appearance of the organs of animals that had died of 
it, in fact all that could be learned from field observation alone. 
In 1878, Congress made an appropriation for the investigation 
of swine diseases, ^ine men were appointed for the investiga- 
tion of ISTS, and these for a period of two months only. Con- 
sequently little was accomplished. The researches of these men 
were to be made in the field and various measures applicable to 
the control of epizootic di eases were tried. The results of these 
investigations were summed tip as follows in a publication of the 
Bureau of Animal Industry, 1889, Hog Cholera: 

1. Swine diseases were found destructive in the most widely 
separated districts of the countrjr. 

2. The symptoms and post-mortem lesions were similar to those 
described by Sutton, Snow, Law, and others. 

3. Xo evidence was discovered to show that there was more 
than one disease which prevailed as an epizootic. 

1. It was believed that the outbreaks were due to a contagion 
and that the disease was communicable. 

5. The remedies tested were either without effect or of doubt- 
ful value ill the treatment of affected animals or guarding against 
the contagion. 

Of the nine investigators only Law and Detmers retained their 
appointment longer than two months. These men did consider- 
able laboratory work. Law made inoculations into rabbits, rats 
and sheep and seemed to establish the communicability of the 
disease he investigated. Detmers, by the aid of the microscope, 
thought he had discovered the cause of the disease and naiked the 
organism Bacillus siiis. Both of these conclusiofis were in error 
but pointed out the need of bacteriological research and careful 
laboratory work as the only means of determining the cause and 
prevention of the disease. Law and Detmers continued their in- 
vestigation for the Department of Agriculture in 1879. In 1880 
Salmon was added. Law devoted much of his time to the produc- 
tion of a vaccine by attenuation of the virus or cause of the 
disease. In this he was unsuccessful. During this time Detmers 
continued his investigation with the microscope. During the next 
four years little was done in investigation because it was under- 
stood that it had been carried about as far as possible under 
the methods then emplo^'ed and because of a lack of facilities 
for and clear methods of bacteriological research. 

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In 1885 it was amioiinced that Salmon and Smith had dis- 
covered the cause of the disease. This was determined as due 
to a motile rod, to which the name has been given Bacillus cJwlerae 
^uis or hog cholera bacillus. These investigators showed that 
this organism was found in the organs of most of the animals 
which they had examined that died of cholera. Further, they 
■could produce symptoms similar to hog cholera and lesions, in 
many cases, indistinguishable from those of animals that had con- 
tracted the disease naturally. They were also able to recover the 
bacillus from the animals which had died as the result of the 

In 1886, Smith described an entirely different infectious dis- 
ease of swine due to an organism belonging to the present Septi- 
caemia Plaemorrhagica group. Accordingly, it was considered 
that there were two distinct infectious diseases: hog cholera in 
which the lesions were largely in the digestive tract, and swine 
plague in which the lungs were mostly involved. In many out- 
breaks they were able to find both diseases present and to recover 
both organisms from the same animal. 

The results of Salmon and Smith were confirmed by scientists 
■of this and other countries and it was generally conceded that 
there were two contagious diseases of swine, namely hog cholera 
.and swine plague. 

Since Bacillus cJiolerae suis was announced as being the cause 
of hog cholera, the work has been largely to find a vaccine or 
•serum which would serve as a preventive for the disease. Various 
vaccines and sera were tried but none of the preparations gave 
satisfactory or practical results. It was not imtil about twenty 
years later that de Schweinitz was led to the suspicion that 
B. cholerae suis was not the cause of the epizootic form of the 
'disease. He noticed that although hog cholera is very contagious 
and spreads readily to other members of the herd when once it is 
introduced, yet when an animal was injected with pure cultures 
■of B. cholerae suis, in many cases the animal would become sick 
and die from the effects of the injection, but other animals asso- 
ciating with it would remain well. He also found that it was 
difficult to produce hog cholera by subcutaneous injections of 
•cultures of the hog cholera bacillus, while the injection of some 
of the blood of a sick animal siibcutaneously into a sound one 
would produce the disease. Other reasons were that although 
made immune to pure cultures of the hog cholera bacillus, animals 

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were by no means immune when exposed to animals sick witb 

These facts led to further investigation. In 1903- de Schweinitz 
and Dorset (Circular 41, B. A. I.) reported that B. cholerae suis 
was not the specific cause of the epizootic disease, but that the 
cause was a filterable virus or one so small that it could be passed 
through the finest porcelain filter. It might be' well to add a word 
relative to the term '' filterable virus." There are? certain diseases, 
for instance rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease, that are 
highly contagious, and which are due to invisible organisms or 
viruses present in the blood and fluids of the body. These viruses 
are so small that they can be passed through the finest porcelain 
filter and are invisible even with our strongest microscopes. 

As a result of experiments published in 1805 (B. A. I. Bul- 
letin 'Ko. 72i), it was determined that the filterable virus is the 
real cause of the epizootic disease of swine j that the hog cholera 
and swine plague bacteria are, so far as the epizootics are con- 
cerned, secondary invaders. The fact, however, must not be lost 
sight of that Bacillus cholerae suis and Bacterium septicaemia 
haemorrJiagica are the cause of certain diseases of swine, and in 
m^any outbreaks they exert considerable influence as to the mani- 
festations of the disease. 

Means hy which the infection is spread. Hog cholera may 
be spread from a single center of infection in many ways. One 
of the most prevalent is the purchase of a hog from an infected 
herd and placing it in a sound one. It is also spread to some 
extent by taking the sows from a sound herd to an infected herd 
for service. This has occurred once in our experience in which 
we had a clear history. The infection may also be carried from 
one farm to another upon the attendant's shoes or upon the wheels 
of wagons driven through an infected territory. Horses and cattle 
though not capable of contracting the disease may carry the in- 
fection from one place to another upon their feet. This also holds 
good in the case of dogs feeding upon carcasses dead of the dis- 
ease. Furthermore, it may be carried down a stream of water 
from pollution higher up. 

Period of incubation. The period of incubation varies from a 
few days to two or even three weeks. This depends a great deal 
upon the method of exposure, virulence of the virus, and resist- 
ance of the animals exposed. Young and pampered animals are 
usually more susceptible and have the more acute form of the 

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disease. A short period of incubation usually means a virulent 
type of the disease. As in the case of most infections, the virus 
•of hog cholera is more virulent in the earlier part of an outbreak 
■of the disease and may become so v^eak that the resistant animals 
may not become affected at all. 

Symptoms. The symptoms of hog cholera are not very charac- 
teristic. Fever is usually present and in animals that are coming 
down -with the disease, which have not as yet shown any symptoms 
•of siclcness, the temperature may be several degrees above normal, 
frequently it is subnormal in the last stages of the disease. Soon 
.after being attacked the animal loses appetite, becomes weak and 
may have convulsions. In the early part of an outbreak, the 
yoimg and very fat animals may succumb without showing any 
symptoms of sickness. Diarrhoea may be present and usually 
follows constipation, although constipation sometimes persists 
throughout the disease. 

The symptoms vary somewhat with the virulence of the out- 
break and the resistance of the animals attacked. If the virulence 
is high and the resistance low the acute form is seen. In this 
type of the disease, the animal shows fever, dullness, stiffness, 
soreness, tremors, weakness, and loss of appetite. It does not 
move unless made to do so ; in general there is great depression. 
The eyes are inflamed and the lids gummed with the secretions. 
Hed patches usually appear upon the skin, especially in the region 
■of the ears, lower jaw, abdomen and inside of the legs. Some- 
times the redness is d^^ffuse, covering the entire regions mentioned. 
Before death this may turn to a purplish color. Coughing, rapid 
breathing, and other symptoms of respiratory derangement may 
be present but usually these symptoms are not pronounced until 
shortly before death. 

In the chronic type of the disease 'about the same symptoms are 
•exhibited as in the acute except that the illness may last several 
weeks or months, during which there is the usual weakness, loss 
of appetite, inflammation of the eyes, and usually profuse diar- 
rhoea. If these cases recover they are rarely of any value to the 
owner. It will be noticed from the above description that there 
are no symptoms characteristic of the disease. However, if an 
animal or two have died and then after an interval of a week or 
ten days others become affected in a similar manner, there is 
sufficient grounds for suspecting the presence of hog cholera. 

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Post mortem ajypearances. There may be reddi&h or purplish 
spots upon the skin or the entire region mentioned under symp- 
toms may be colored. Petechiae may be present upon the surface 
of the heart and occasionally on the pericardium and lungs. Fre- 
quently pneumonia is present but is not so characteristic as the 
small hemorrhages. In acute cases the spleen is usually enlarged, 
dark colored, soft, filled with blood, and may show hemorrhages 
beneath its capsule. In chronic- cases this enlargement is not 
noticed and the color is often lighter than normal. 

The lymph glands in the ingaiinal region are swollen and red 
or even dark in color in the acute form of the disease. Those in 
other parts of the body, mesenteric, angles of the jaw, etc., may 
be affected in a similar manner. These lesions are not often found 
in chronic cases. The kidneys in the acute disease are usually 
the seat of small hemorrhages. To observe the condition of the 
kidneys it is necessary to remove the capsule. If the kidnej's are 
slit open hemorrhages of a similar nature may be seen on their 
inner siirfaces. The color of the kidneys is usually darker than 
normal and the hemorrhages may vary in size from a mere point 
up to the size of a pin head. 

Sometimes petechiae are foiind on the serous side of the stomach 
and small intestine. The mucosae of these organs may also show 
hemorrhages. The large intestine, however, is usually the seat 
of extensive lesions. In the acute form of the disease hemor- 
rhages may be present on both stirfaces of this organ. Erosion of 
the mucous membrane is also common. The mucosa may be blood 
stained ■ and the contents of the bowel blood stained from the 
extravasation of blood. In the chronic form of the disease, thc- 
so-called " button ulcers " may be found. These ulcers are usually 
found in the caecum upon or near the ileo-caecal valve and are 
quite characteristic of the disease. They are circular, hard, 
yellow in color, with a darker greenish yellow center, raised dis- 
tinctly above the healthy mucous membrane. They vary in size 
from mere points to an inch in diameter and are so numerous in 
some cases that large portions of the organ are destroyed. If the 
ulcers are found diagnosis can be made fairly accurately, al- 
though there is no other disease in this country in which the 
petechiae are found in the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs. 

Any or all of the above described lesions may be found in an 
animal dead of cholera, but only an occasional animal exhibits 
all the lesions. For instance, it is practically impossible to find 

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the button-like ulcers in the acute form of the disease and but 
rarely are the hemorrhages seen in the chronic type. 

Diag-nosis. Before diagnosing a disease as hog cholera there 
are a few important factors one should bear in mind. In the 
first place, is the disease contagious? That is, can it be spread 
from one animal to another? Then the symptoms and post- 
mortem lesions should be considered. It is possible to get a fairly 
good idea relative to the disease from these observations but 
m order to prove conclusively that the disease is hog cholera, it 
is necessary to produce the disease in a sound animal by inocu.- 
lating it with some of the filtered blood of a dead or very sick 

The disease must be distinguished from sickness due to im- 
proper feeding, especially in case of swill or garbage fed animab, 
as it has been shown by Moore that powdered soaps used in wash- 
ing dishes may cause a disease which resembles cholera. Of 
course disorders due to dietary conditions would not spread as an 
epizootic, while hog cholera would most likely spread throughout 
the neighborhood. There are so very few other diseases which 
might be confused with cholera that time will not be taken to 
discuss them. 

Treatment and prevention. There is no successful treatment 
for hogs sick with cholera. Various products have been recom- 
mended for this purpose but are of no practical value. The only 
rational method of dealing with an epizootic is to prevent the 
spread of the infection instead of attempting to cure those animals 
already sick. Since there can be no cholera without the filterable 
virus, every precaution shoiild be taken to prevent its being 
carried to sound herds. After the disease has appeared in a herd, 
the only known remedy that will prevent its spread is the Dorset- 
jSTiles anti-hog cholera serum. This preparation will prevent the 
infection of other members of the herd if used in the early part 
of an epizootic. Besides administering serum the pens, troughs, 
and yards should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, so that 
the infection will not be carried to other places. 

Production of the serum. Since the filterable virus could not 
be grown artificially, it was necessary to resort to the blood of 
hogs sick with cholera for any protective agent. On this account 
many attempts were made to produce a vaccine by attenuating 
the blood of sick animals. The results obtained by such attenua- 
tion were too uncertain for general use. While endeavoring to 

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produce a vaccine, it was noticed that by injecting an immune 
animal with large amounts of virulent blood, a serum of high 
protective powers could be obtained. (E. A. I. Bulletin Xo. 102, 
Dorset, -McBi-ide, Niles.) 

In order to produce anti-hog cholera serum it is necessary to 
have an immune animal. Tor this purpose a pig is immunized 
by inoculation with a few centimeters of virulent blood and an 
injection of anti-hog cholera serum in opposite sides of the body. 
Then the immune is hyperimmunized by the injection of large 
quantities of virulent blood. The large amounts of virulent blood 
required are obtained as follows : A few centimeters of virulent 
blood are injected into susceptible pigs. When these animals are 
in the last stages of the disease, they are bled under antiseptic 
conditions, the blood deiibrinated by shaking with glass beads, and 
strained through sterile gauze. To produce potent serum a strong 
virus is necessary, that is, one that kills quickly. Otherwise the 
serum produced would be weak in protective properties. We may 
hyperimmunize in any of the following ways : 

1. <Slow subcutaneous. Inject the immune animal soibcutane- 
ously with 1 cc. per pound of body weight, In from seven to 
ten days repeat the injection using 2^2 ce. per pound. Then after 
the same interval inject 5 cc. per pound. 

2. Quick subcutaneous. Inject 10 cc. per pound of body 

3. Intravenous. Inject intravenously 5 cc. per pound. 

4. Intra-abdominal. Inject intra-abdominally 10 cc. per pound 
of body weight. 

As soon as the animal has recovered from the effects of the 
injection or the last injection, if the slow subcutaneous method 
has been used, it is ready to begin bleeding from the tail. This 
is usually within ten days. The bleeding is repeated at intervals 
of a week for three or four bleedings. The animal is then killed 
and all its blood used, or it may be rehyperimmunized. In re- 
hyperimmunizing the animal usually receives half the previous 
dose of virulent blood. Four or iive cubic centimeters of blood 
per pound of body weight are usually taken at each bleeding. 
Sometimes an animal will not bleed so much and occasionally it 
is possible to take more. A two hundred pound hog will, in most 
cases, give 800 to 1,000 cc. of blood at each bleeding. 

Treatment of the Mood. The blood is drawn from the tail imder 
as antiseptic precautions as possible. It is then deiibrinated or the 

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•clots broken up by shaking with glass beads, then strained through 
sterile gauze to remove the clots. One half per cent, of phenol is 
-added and the serum is ready for use. The blood of each animal 
is kept separate and that of each bleeding added. The mixed blood 
of several animals is tested before using. 

Testing the serum. The following methods of standardizing 
hog cholera virus and testing the potency of the serum were 
adopted at a conference of the federal and State official^, in 
December, 19'09 : 

1. The standardization of hog cholera virus which is used for 
, ihy per immunization. 

a. Inject at least two pigs intramuscularly, giving each 2 cc. 
■of the defibrinated diseased blood which is to be tested. The 
Wood should not be more than 24 hours old and should have been 
-kept at a temperature not higher than 55° F. 

b. The test pigs should not weigh less than 50 pounds each. 
After injection they should be placed in a small disinfected pen 
•with at least one susceptible uninoculated pig of the same weight 
and preferably of the same litter. 

c. The virus shall not be considered suitable for use unless the 
inoculated pigs become visibly ill within eight days and die within 
fifteen days after inoculation. The carcasses of these pigs must 
nshow undoubted lesions of hog cholera. Furthermore, the com- 
municability of the disease induced by the blood inoculations must 
l3e demonstrated by the contraction of the disease by the check 
pig within 12 days after the appearance of the disease in the 
inoculated pigs. 

2. Handling the Mood used for hyperi/mmunization. The 
diseased blood should be collected and manipulated under -.trict 
antiseptic precautions, stored at a temperature not higher than 
55° F. and used within 24 hours after drawing. It is recom- 
mended that defibrination be postponed until immediately before 
use of the blood. 

3. Testing the potency of the hyperimmune serum. 

a. If the plan of testing the mixed bleedings of each hyper- 
immune be adopted by the producer, then we recommend that the 
test be carried out as follows: 

Inoculate three hogs, each weighing from 50 to 100 pounds, 
vs^ith 2 cc. each of virulent blood. Inject two of these simiil- 
taneously with 15 cc. each of the serum to be tested. If the hog 
receiving virulent blood only sickens with hog cholera within 

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eight, clays and is apparently ready to die in fifteen days, while- 
the two receiving immunizing serum continue in good health, then 
the serum may be considered suitable for field use in doses of 
20 cc. for hogs weighing from 50 to 100 pounds. 

b. If the plan of testing the mixed sera of several hyper- 
immunes be adopted by the producer^ then inject intra-musctilarly 
nine similar pigs weighing between 50 and 100 pounds each with 
2- cc. each of virulent blood. Give each of three of these 15 cc. 
of the immunizing serum to be tested. Give each of three others- 
20 cc. of the serum to be tested. If all of those receiving im- 
munizing serum remain in good health and two or more of the 
checks become ill of cholera within eight days and are apparently 
going to die in fifteen days, the serum shall be considered suitable 
for field use in doses of 20 cc. for hogs weighing from 50 to ICO 
pounds. If one or more of the pigs receiving 15 cc. of serum 
become obviously sick of cholera and the three pigs receiving 
20 cc. each of immimizing serum all continue to remain in good 
health, then the serum may be used in field work, in increased! 

Methods of using the serum. There are two methods of using 
the serum. By the simultaneous method a dose of serum and a 
small amount of virulent blood are injected in opposite sides of 
the body. This method of vaccination is said to produce an 
immunity that will last for life. It is to be preferred in cases 
of well herds or in those that will not be exposed to the disease 
for several months. This involves the use of virulent blood which 
if handled carelessly may furnish the source of infection to sound 

Serum only is injected in the other method. This serum will 
produce an immunity that will last for several weeks or months, 
but if the animals are not exposed to cholera within a few weeks 
after receiving the serum, the immunity lessens and the animal 
may again be susceptible to cholera. If, however, the animals are 
exposed to the infection within a few weeks after receiving the 
serum, the immunity is believed to be of a lasting duration. In 
either case the injection is usually made in the inside of the thigh. 
Serum will be supplied from this college for use in the latter 
method only, since in most cases it will not be applied for imless 
cholera exists in a herd. In this ease all the well animals may 
be treated. ]^atural exposure to the infection takes place in these 
cases and the virus is not needed. The serum should be ad- 

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ministered by a competent veterinarian under strict antiseptic 

Dose and cost of serum. Animals weighing from 50 to 100 
pounds are taken as the standard. The dose for such animals is 
20 cc. Suckling pigs shoiild receive from 10 to 15 cc. Older 
and heavier animals may receive as much as 30, 40 or even 60 cc, 
in case of very large animals. If the herd is badly infected the 
dose can be increased somewhat. It is a good plan to take the 
temperatures of the animals treated and give a larger dose to 
those having fever. 

The cost of the serum will be $.25 per dose of 20 cc. This 
amount partially covers the cost of production. 

How to order serum. In ordering serum the foUowinginforma- 
tion should be given : Number of animals, weight, length of time 
■the disease has been in the herd, number of animals that have 
died, number of those sick at the present time. Before ordering 
serum, it should be always considered that anti-hog cholera serum 
is not regarded as a curative agent but as a preventive and if 
used in the early part of an epizootic it will prevent the infection 
of the well animals. The serum will be of absolutely no beneiit in 
any other disease than that caused by the filterable virus. Con- 
sequently to avoid useless expense and disappointment, it ii neces- 
sary to have the disease diagnosed by a competent veterinarian. 
We would much prefer that the name of the veterinarian who 
diagnosed the disease and who will administer the serum accom- 
pany the order. 

Outbreaks of hog cholera in the State. The following outbreaks 
of cholera were studied and will be named simply from the county 
in which they occurred. 

. No. 1. Broome county. Early in the fall of 1909 attention 
was called to a disease among hogs in Broome county. This herd 
had consisted of about 200 animals. Of these, fifty or sixty had 
died during the first four weeks of the epizootic. It was im- 
possible to trace the source of the infection, as no animals had 
been brought into the herd recently nor had any disease been 
reported in the neighborhood. About fourteen years previously, 
there had been a similar disease among the animals but no trouble 
since. This outbreak was finally controlled by proper sanitary 
measures, including the removal of the well animals to new 
quarters, disinfection of the old quarters and proper disposal of 
the dead animals. 

Blood from a pig that had died at this place was filtered and 
injected into a sound pig. This animal developed hog cholera and 

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•died within a few days. Filtered blood from this animal was 
injected into another sound one and in like manner caused sick- 
ness and death. Blood from this animal caused sickness a:id 
death in a third and in like manner filtered blood from the third 
caused death of the fourth. All the inoculated animals showed 
symptoms and lesions of hog cholera. 

Na. 2. Cayuga county. November 28, 1909, a sick hog was 
Teceived from Cayuga county. It was in a dying condition when 
received. It was killed and the autopsy showed lesions of hog 
cholera. Before it was killed, blood was drawn from its tail, 
filtered .and used to inoculate another animal. The inoculated 
animal died as a result of the inoculation with lesions of cholera. 

No. 3. Tompkins county. No. 1. October 17, 1910, a sow 
weighing about 200 pounds was brought to the clinic for examina- 
tion. She was exhibiting symptoms of cholera (purplish dis- 
■colorations of the skin, difiicult breathing, weakness, and chills). 
This animal grew rapidly worse and died during the morning of 
the 19th. Autopsy gave lesions typical of cholera. Cultures were 
made from most of the organs of the body but no growth took 
place except in those made from the kidneys, liver and lung from 
which pure cultures of a streptococcus were obtained. Blood 
from this animal was filtered and injected into two susceptible 
pigs. Both of these animals died as a result of the inoculation, 
showing typical symptoms and lesions of hog cholera. 

The history of the outbreak on this particular farm is very 
■clear. October 3d, the sow referred to above, together with two 
others, were taken to a neighboring farm to be bred. One of 
them was taken home immediately, the other two were left until 
October 8th, when they were returned and placed with the herd 
of sixteen animals. October 16th, the sow was first noticed to be 
ill. Within a day or two, the other animal which had remained 
the longer time became ill. This herd was treated with serum 
and the results will be given later. It was learned after the 
animals became ill that there was a fatal disease among the hogs 
on the farm where these animals were taken for service. 

No. 4r. Onondaga county. October 29, 1910, two dead pigs 
were received from Onondaga county. These animals had been 
killed when in a dying condition. On this account enough blood 
could not be obtained for inoculation purposes. However, a few 
cc. of abdominal fluid were obtained. This was diluted, filtered 
and used to inoculate a pig but it did not produce the disease in 
this animal. Of the two animals received, one exhibited typical 

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lesions of cholera while the organs of the other did not show any 
pathological changes. 

No. 5. Tompkins county. No. 2. December 5th, two pigs were- 
ibrought for diagnosis. One was already dead and the other in 
had condition. Autopsy of the dead animal gave typical lesions- 
of cholera. The second pig did not die until December 13th. On 
autopsy this animal showed a few lesions in the kidneys and 
mesenteric lymph glands with typical button ulcers in the large 
intestine. Another pig from this place was presented December 
11th, and upon autopsy exhibited typical lesions of the disease. 
jSTo inoculations were made, as the autopsies revealed characteristic- 

Hog cholera has also been reported from Oneida county. 
Serum has been sent to this place and the reports of the results 
obtained tend to confirm the correctness of the report. 

In all eight animals were inoculated with the filtered blood 
from suspected outbreaks of the disease. Seven autopsies were 
made of animals from infected herds. From the investigation of 
the disease of swine, hog cholera has been positively identified in 
six herds distributed in five counties : Broome, Cayuga, Oneida, 
Onondaga, Tompkins (2). 

The following table gives the result of the inoculations of 
filtered blood from suspected outbreaks of the disease: 

Table ISTo. 1.— 

Table of Inoculations. 




Source of 





Sept. 28 


Broome county.. 

Died Nov. 3 . . . . 

Lungs, mesenteric 
lymph glands, 
kidneys, bladder. 

Abscess at 
point of in- 


Nov. 3. 

3cc. . 

Pig No. 1 

Died Nov. 12 . . . 

Lungs, mesenteric 
lymph glands, 


Nov. 12 

3cc. . 

Pig No. 2 

Killed in dyinp 
condition. Nov. 27 

Kidneys, mesenteric 
lymph glands. 



Nov. 30 


Pig No. 3 

Died Dec. 7 . . . . 

Kidnes'S, lungs, me- 
senteric lymph 


Nov. 30 


Cayuga county. . 

Died Dec. 15... . 

Skin, pleura, lungs, 
heart, kidneys, 
lymph glands. 


Oct. 22 

3cc. . 

Tompkins No. 1. 

Died Nov. 10-. . . 

Kidneys, bladder, 
sra.all intestine. 


Oct. 22 

3cc. . 

Tompkins No. 1 . 

Died Nov. IS. . . 

Kidneys, bladder, 
spleen, mesen- 
teric glands. 


Oct. 31 

3cc. . 

Onondaga county 

fluid used. 

108 AiS'xuAL Eepoet 'of the 

Table ISTo. 2 shows the lesions found in animals sent in for 
Table jSTo. 2. — Lesions. 





Organs showing lesions. 



Nov. 28, 1909 

Cayuga Co . . . 

Kidneys, lungs, mesenteric Ijinph 


Oct. 17, 1910 

Tompkins Co. 
No. 1. 

Kidneys, lungs, heart, skin, lymph 


Oct. 29, 1910 

Onondaga Co. 

No lesions found. 


O.t. 29, 1910 

Onondaga Co . 

Kidneys, lymph glands, bladder, lungs 


Dec. 5, 1910 

Tompkins Co. 

No. 2. 

Kidneys, skin, heart, lungs, lymph 
glands, intestines, bladder. 


Dec. 5, 1910 

Tompkins Co. 
No. 2. 

Lungs, mesenteric glands, intestines. . 

Ulcers in large 


Dec. 11, 1910 

Tompkins Co. 
No. 2. 

in large intest. 

After it was determined without doubt that hog cholera existed 
in the State and after a favorable expression from many promi- 
nent swine breeders of the State, the production of the anti-hog 
cholera serum was undertaken. The serum has been produced 
upon a limited basis only, since it was impossible to ascertain any 
idea of the extent of the disease or demand for the serum. Ten 
hundred and ninety^five doses, or 21,'90O cc, of serum have been 
produced. At times the demand has been so great that it could 
not be supplied promptly. Four hundred doses, or 8,100 cc, have 
been sent out, leaving 695 doses, or 13,800 cc, on hand. It seems 
reasonable to suppose that the demand will be much greater when 
it is widely known that serum can be obtained at the college. It 
is impossible to ascertain from our work an approximate cost of 
serum. Simply calculating the number of pigs required to pro- 
duce a certain amount of serum, for instance sufficient to 
immunize 150 pigs, will require by the quick subcutaneous, slow 
subcutaneous, or intra-abdominal method, one 100-pound pig and_ 
two 50-pound pigs; by the intravenous method, one 100-pound 
pig and one 50-pound pig. This does not make allowance for 
unavoidable loss of -pigs by death in the process of preparing the 
serrmi. A fair estimate would seem to be that to produce enoughi 
serum to immunize 150 pigs would require four animals of the 
above size. 

Results of the use of the serum. The first herd treated was the 
one described as Tompkins county Xo. 1. The eighteen animals 

State Veteeixaey College. 109 

of this herd were treated October 19, three days after appearance 
of disease among the animals and eleven days after the exposed 
animals had been brought home. On the day of treatment the sow 
that had remained iipon the infected farm for five days was sick. 
She had a temperature of 104° F. and was very stupid. Serum 
was administered in the following doses: Tor the small pigs, 
15 cc. ; for the shoats weighing about 150 pounds, 30 cc. ; for the 
old sows weighing about 200 pounds, 50 cc. 

The sow that was so well advanced with the disease died after 
ii few days. jSI^one of the other animals have shown any symptoms 
of cholera since the imnumizijig treatment. 

Onondaga county. The Origin of this outbreak cannot be 
traced, although the troixble started soon after the purchase of 
.several rough looking animals and adding them to the herd. The 
lierd consisted of 280 hogs when the disease first appeared. The 
first deaths were in xVugust Avhen eight died. A number of 
Teterinarians were called but they were unable to control the 
•disease. The animals continued to die and were still dying up to 
November 14, when the remaining animals were treated with 
serum. At this time there were eighty of the original herd left. 
Two pigs died the night previous to the treatment. 

iSerum was administered in the following doses: Four pigs, 
two weeks old, received 8 cc. each; eighteen pigs, two to four 
weeks old, received 8 to 12 cc. each; twenty pigs, weight about 
sixty pounds, received 15 to 18 cc. ; thirteen hogs, weight 200 to 
400 pounds, received 40 to 60 cc. 

Several of the animals described as weighing 100 pounds did 
not appear to be well at the time of the treatment. One of these is 
reported to have died later. One of the pigs, weighing about 
thirty-five pounds, was reported sick at the time of treatment, but 
recovered. Although two animals died the night previous to the 
■treatment only one died after the serum was administered. 

Oneida county. In this herd twenty animals had died before 
the serum was administered. Thirty-five doses were sent to this 
J)lace on November 10. In a letter dated December 3, the owner 
of the animals reported that the pigs' showing symptoms of cholera 
at the time of treatment died. Xone of the others have, as yet, 
taken the disease. 

TompKns county outhreaJc No. 2. Serum was given as fol- 
lows: Five pigs, weight about 35 pounds, 20 cc. ; one shoat, 


Annual Eepoet of the 

weight aboiit 125 pounds, ''■'40 cc. Two animals died shortly after 
the treatment. One of them was very sick at the time and the 
other exhibited lesions of the chronic type of the disease on post- 

Table Giving the Eesults of the Treatment witbc, Seeum. 

No. of 


No. of 


that died 




death and 

No. of 
deaths after 





2 days 


The animal that died after 
treatment was" sick* whenv 




3 months 





Several weeks 

Report not clear. All well anirrnds-at time- 
of treatment remained well. 




2 to 3 weeks 


Of the animals:^ that died 
after treatment, one was 
very sick at time of treat- 
ment, the other showed 
lesions of chronic type of 
the disease. 

* This animal was in a very unthrifty condition. The large amount of serum was administered 
on this account. 






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