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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