For the past 40 years, ILRI’s research on ECF has focused on developing better methods of controlling the disease, principally through vaccination, and obtaining a far greater understanding of the impact of the disease. A vaccine is now registered in three countries and good protection for dairy and pastoralist cattle is being achieved, particularly in eastern Africa
In January 2014, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) announced formation of a global consortium to develop a new vaccine against the tick-borne livestock disease East Coast fever. AllAfrica.com featured a photoessay that tells the story of the risks posed to the livelihoods of herders and farmers in Africa by East Coast fever as well as previous research attempts to fight the disease.
Lucilla Steinaa is a researcher at the International Livestock Research Institute who is a principal investigator in a new project to produce a new-generation vaccine against East Coast fever.
Cynthia Baldwin, a scientist at the US Agency for International Development talks about the importance of vaccines in controlling infectious animal diseases like East Coast fever.
Tony Musoke, chair of an external advisory committee for a multi-institutional project on ‘Improved Vaccines for the Control of East Coast Fever in Cattle in Africa’ describes how Africa’s farmers will benefit from better controlling East Coast fever.
Ivan Morrison of the Roslin Institute talks of opportunities offered by a new multi-institutional initiative researching a new-generation vaccine against East Coast fever.
Vish Nene, director of the vaccine biosciences program at ILRI, explains the importance of research on the development of a ‘new generation’ vaccine against East Coast fever.