Immunisation of smallholder dairy cattle against anaplasmosis and babesiosis in Malawi

Kirsten Tjørnehøj, J. A. Lawrence, P. T. Kafuwa, A. P. Whiteland, B. A R Chimera

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    Abstract

    A field study was conducted in the Southern Region of Malawi to evaluate the possible benefits of immunisation of improved dairy cattle against Anaplasma marginale, Babesia bigemina and Babesia bovis. Friesian crossbred heifers were immunised when they were being reared on Government farms. They were then issued to smallholder farmers, together with unvaccinated controls, where many of them were exposed to heavy tick infestation. Vaccination was shown to provide a significant degree of protection against babesiosis on the smallholder farms; 15/32 unvaccinated controls developed clinical disease as compared to only 3/28 vaccinates.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
    Volume29
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)77-82
    Number of pages6
    ISSN0049-4747
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

    Keywords

    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • Immunology
    • Veterinary (all)
    • Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences
    • bacterial vaccine
    • bacterium antibody
    • protozoal vaccine
    • protozoon antibody
    • Anaplasma
    • anaplasmosis
    • animal
    • article
    • Babesia
    • babesiosis
    • blood
    • cattle
    • cattle disease
    • comparative study
    • dairying
    • female
    • immunology
    • incidence
    • Malawi
    • methodology
    • parasitology
    • standard
    • Anaplasmosis
    • Animals
    • Antibodies, Bacterial
    • Antibodies, Protozoan
    • Babesiosis
    • Bacterial Vaccines
    • Cattle
    • Cattle Diseases
    • Dairying
    • Female
    • Incidence
    • Protozoan Vaccines

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