New Vaccine Could Work Against Foot And Mouth

US - A new vaccine shows promise for preventing foot and mouth disease in livestock, proving effective in tests on cattle and swine in the United States.
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The vaccine was developed by Agricultural Research Service scientists, the Department of Homeland Security, and a US biopharmaceutical company.

The vaccine shows effectiveness within seven days, and in tests so far, cattle retain immunity for at least 21 days.

Scientists expect that more studies will show at least the six months of immunity is provided by current vaccines in cattle and swine.

"This signals tremendous promise," says ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling.

"Although this is still an experimental vaccine, it has made significant developmental progress, and we are optimistic about its prospects."

Source: FarmOnline

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