Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae

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Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae is a species of bacteria known to cause the disease porcine enzootic pneumonia, a highly contagious and chronic disease affecting pigs.

This bacterium is a concern in the livestock industry as it causes a significant reduction in the growing weight of pigs. Porcine enzootic pneumonia is endemic worldwide and M. hyopneumoniae is present in almost every pig herd. Treatment of this disease is limited to antibiotics, which are currently ineffective as they do not completely remove the infection.