Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising
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Following the vaccine that wiped out rinderpest, a new vaccine against sheep and goat plague proves promising

Originally posted on ILRI news:
A Tunisian man carries a sheep suffering from peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and goat plague, a highly contagious animal disease affecting small ruminants. Once introduced, the virus can infect up to 90% of an animal heard and the disease kills anywhere from 30 to 70%…

Niall MacHugh
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Niall MacHugh

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In sadness, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports that Niall MacHugh, a long-term former scientist at ILRI and its predecessor, the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD), died 21 Mar 2017. Niall MacHugh was quiet about all his accomplishments. He was an expert in invisible, hard, life…

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Can we remix the East Coast fever Muguga cocktail?

The recent meeting of the East Coast fever consortium, which brings together experts in immunology, parasitology and genomics from three continents (ILRI, Edinburgh, Antwerp, IGS, as well as the organization that produces the infection and treatment method (ITM) vaccine, provided a venue to discuss a way forward. Continue reading

Reverse vaccinology identifies candidates for an improved vaccine against cattle pneumonia in Africa
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Reverse vaccinology identifies candidates for an improved vaccine against cattle pneumonia in Africa

Originally posted on ILRI news:
Untitled artwork by Cuban artist Alfredo Sosabravo. ‘Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides (Mmm) is the causative agent of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), a devastating respiratory disease mainly affecting cattle in sub-Saharan Africa. The current vaccines are based on live-attenuated Mmm strains and present problems with temperature stability, duration of immunity and adverse…