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Australians connect new bacteria to lung disease in pigs


Australian researchers have discovered that a previously recognised bacterium is responsible for the signs of lung disease found in pig carcasses, rather than a similar, internationally recognised infection that the animals had been vaccinated against.

In an article on the website of the The University of Queensland, the new bacteria is introduced as Glaesserella australis. It took some time to have the process of describing and naming the new species, because the discovery occurred at the same time that the closest known relative to the new organism, Haemophilus parasuis, was being renamed ‘Glaesserella’ by US researchers. Once the new genus was formally recognised in 2019, G. australis was announced as new species.
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