Date: December 18, 2019
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East coast fever is a fatal bovine disease caused by the apicomplexan parasite, Thieleria parva, which is transmitted by the brown ear tick Rhipicephalus appendiculatus. The disease is found in 11 countries across eastern, central and southern Africa, killing a million cattle and resulting in economic losses exceeding $300 million per year.
Cattle can be protected against ECF by a vaccination procedure known as the Infection and Treatment Method (ITM) where animals are inoculated with live T. parva sporozoites and simultaneously treated with a long-acting antibiotic. However, the vaccine is expensive and therefore other, more affordable sub-unit vaccines are needed for use in these low- resource settings.
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