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: 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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Cattle production: Know you enemy – East Coast fever

At the end of January The Zimbabwe Herald carried a report on an outbreak of tick-borne “January disease” (East Coast fever) in the north-eastern sector of the country. The report stated that 2 000 cattle had died of the disease. The actual number of deaths was probably higher. The Herald…

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Livestock production: The basic principles of tick control

Question: Can you help with some basic advice for tick control, please? It is essential in livestock farming to control ticks and in this way prevent production losses and the spreading of diseases they transmit. Here are some pointers. Effective tick control depends on having a basic understanding of the…

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Livestock production: The basic principles of tick control
Ticks migrate from tall grass onto the animals to complete their life cycles. Youngsters safely have about 6 months of immunity to tick-borne diseases.

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