Research International ECFIM Vaccine Uptake RI 2048

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1997
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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East Coast Fever is a disease which kills around 100,000 cattle in Kenya each year, making it one of the most problematic cattle diseases in the country. It is transmitted to cattle by ticks infected with the T. Parva virus. vv'hen they attach to the cattle and begin to suck blood. The K.A.R.I.! O.D.A. Tick-Borne Disease project based in Muguga developed a vaccine to be used against East Coast Fever through immunisation. Trial tests of the vaccine have been taking place in the Coast Province of Kenya for many years no\v. In January and February 1995 the vaccine. ECFiM. \vas delivered on a partial cost recovery basis to Bahari and Kaloleni divisions of Kilifi district. 580 cattle were immunised during the two months by three veterinarians who charged a fee of Kshs. 800 for an adult cow and Ksh. 500 for a calf.
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