New battle starts up against the ‘cancer/malaria’ of cattle in Africa

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Pipetting in ILRI's biosciences laboratories

Pipetting in one of ILRI’s animal health laboratories (photo credit: ILRI/David White).

(From Business Daily): ‘An international livestock agency has received an $11 million (Sh935 million) grant for developing a new East Coast Fever vaccine.

‘The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has launched the project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the fight against the disease that the agency says kills an animal every 30 seconds in East and Central Africa.

‘The vaccine will replace the first generation strain that has encountered shortcomings. . . .

‘Estimates from ILRI show that the disease, which kills cows within three to four weeks of infection, threatens some 28 million cattle in East and Central Africa, majority of them owned by poor households.

‘Scientists believe development of the East Coast Fever vaccine could offer in-roads into the development of malaria vaccines as both diseases are caused by single-celled parasites.


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About Dr. Bukar USMAN, mni

I started as a field Veterinary officer with Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, Maiduguri as a lecture & a Researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. In 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I was Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) and now Director North East Zone NAFDAC. I’m a member of the National Institute’ (mni), Kuru SEC 40, 2018. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I founded Sril Group Ltd, Nigeria.
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