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SIRS

(sirz),

mystery pig disease

A swine livestock disease, first reported in Germany and the UK, that causes devastating reproductive losses and nursery-grower pig respiratory disease, and which has been linked to the PRRS virus. 

Clinical findings
Animals go “off feed” for about a week, showing signs of pneumonia. Within 1–2 weeks, sows at 105–112 days gestation abort—abortions do not occur at earlier stages of gestation—the period of which lasts about 2 weeks. Some litters have piglets that are weak at birth, which often die or become infected and then die. Preweaning mortality may reach 40%.

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'Sir, lo here is the sword of the stone, wherefore I must be king of this land.'
Have you noticed, Sir Patrick, that these half-bred sort of people are almost invariably rude when they are ill?"
And then they all three cried, Sir Knight, we yield us unto you as man of might matchless.
Sir Leicester snorts a little to hear the law laid down in this way, but in his honour and his love of truth, he freely, though silently, admits the justice of the ironmaster's proposition.
Clements," I replied, "I want to know the secret of those private meetings of hers with Sir Percival Glyde.
"He is at meat, good knight, and he looketh for thy coming," quoth the porter, "for, if I mistake not, thou art Sir Richard of the Lea."
'Then let him, sir,' retorted Kit; 'what do I care, sir, what he thinks?
Sir Nigel dashed into the royal tent, and was followed by Hordle John as soon as the horses had been secured.
'Upon my soul,' repeated Sir Mulberry, looking round to his companions; 'I am afraid of Mrs Nickleby.
'Without the numbers, sir, that is my name,' replied the 'prentice.
My dear sir, I'm quite certain you cannot be ignorant of the extent of confidence which must be placed in professional men.
Sir Edward Bransome made his way to his study, opened the door with a Yale key, turned on the electric lights, and crossed slowly to the hearthrug.