East Coast fever – vaccination to combat the enemy in Africa’s cattle herds

Driving its adapted mouthparts into the skin of its host the infected brown ear tick delivers a deadly injection as it starts to feed on bovine blood. Catching a ride in the tick’s saliva, sporozoites (spores) of the protozoan parasite, Theileria parva, the agent of East Coast fever, make their…

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Cattle production: Dipping to control East Coast fever (part 2)

Dipping, or acaricides, is one of the weapons in farmers’ arsenal in the war against East Coast fever (ECF). Here’s more on trade names and chemical groups. The chemistry that dictates how acaricide compounds work is complex and needs profound levels of understanding. Cattle farmers need only to know how…

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Cattle production: Dipping to control East Coast fever (part 1)

Dipping, or acaricides, is one of the weapons in farmers’ arsenal in the war against East Coast fever (ECF). There are three major options available in the battle against ECF: dipping to control the ticks, vaccinating to control the parasitic protozoan parasites that cause the disease, treating animals soon after…

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Cattle production: East Coast fever and the brown ear tick

The control and management of ticks, and tick-borne diseases, is complex and difficult, but not impossible. Success depends on commitment, co-operation, funds, some knowledge and a healthy dose of common sense. East Coast fever (ECF) and its vector, the brown ear tick, present the most serious disease challenge cattle farmers…

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