ILRI mass-produced vaccine to protect livestock of poor herders against cancer-like disease

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Maasai woman holds her calf immunized against East Coast fever

Field trials of a new vaccine batch for East Coast fever produced at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are nearing completion; a Maasai woman from northern Tanzania holds her calf that has just been immunized against East Coast fever (picture credit: ILRI/Mann).

‘Thousands of pastoralists could be saved from destitution thanks to a much-needed vaccine that is being mass-produced to protect cattle against a deadly parasite.

‘Field trials of a new vaccine batch for East Coast fever produced at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) are nearing completion.

‘The first bulk batch of the vaccine, produced by ILRI 15 years ago, has protected one million animals, improving the living standards of livestock keepers.

‘East Coast fever is a tick-transmitted disease that kills thousands of cows every year in Africa.

‘Calves are particularly susceptible to the disease. In herds kept by the pastoral Maasai people, for example, the…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the 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. 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'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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