An animal vaccinated against East Coast fever, as shown by its ear tag (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).
Herds of African cattle may hold the secret to new ways of fighting parasitic diseases like malaria, which kills some 600,000 people a year, scientists said on Friday.
‘The researchers from the University of Edinburgh found that cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease called East Coast Fever if they have previously been infected with a closely-related but milder species of the parasite.
This discovery, they said, suggests that ‘fighting fire with fire; is a strategy that might work against a range of parasitic diseases, including severe malarial infection in people.
‘”Our results suggest seeking a simple vaccine that could protect cows from East Coast fever by inoculating them with a related but far less harmful parasite,” said Mark Woolhouse, who led the study with a team from…
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