First oral anthrax vaccine to be given to livestock and wild animals

First oral anthrax vaccine to be given to livestock and animals

The Texas College of Veterinary Medicine developed an innovative method to create a unique vaccine against the anthrax. It will be used for domestic and wild animals. In connection with that discovery, the centuries-old battle against the anthrax may be completed. It is caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis that can infect the surface of the soil and grass.

Animals can inhale it or it can enter their body with food. It is enough for the development of the disease. Every year, a dangerous disease kills hundreds of animals around the planet.

Jamie Benn Felix, who is a researcher at Cook's Wildlife Laboratory, cited statistics - in recent years, the anthrax caused the death of 10 thousand animals. There is a vaccine for it, but the problem is that it can be injected into the body of animals only by an injection.

That is time consuming when vaccinating domestic animals and that is completely useless for the wild ones. Cook's wildlife lab was able to develop a formula for an oral vaccination. The experiment is already in the pilot testing stage. If it turns successful, the scientists are ready to develop the world's first anthrax vaccine that can be used orally in animals.

By eating any feed or bait into which the drug will be injected, the spreading anthrax will thereby be defeated. The researchers say that there is great potential for the method, and they are ready to conduct their first tests on animals when studying deer.

Many farmers and livestock owners support this method, saying that the contents of the injection that the animals need to inject, they added food - it was easier that way. But the way of using the vaccine had no effect. It's all about the dosage of the components that the scientists are now working on to formulate correctly.