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Centre launches to fight East Coast fever disease
CTTBD scientist equipment for ECF vaccine production
CTTBD scientist using new equipment for ECF vaccine production.

Vaccine to be distributed in 11 African countries

A new centre for ticks and tick-borne diseases opened in Malawi last week to help fight East Coast fever (ECF) disease, which kills one cow every 30 seconds in Africa.

ECF is the single biggest cattle killer in 11 countries in Eastern and parts of Central Africa, where the disease is endemic. The Centre for Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases (CTTBD) will deliver the "one shot for life" Mugaga cocktail vaccine. It will help protect 25 million cattle across the 11 countries.

"Tick-borne diseases are known to be one of the major constraining factors to the development of the livestock industry especially in Africa," said Dr Nkhwachi Gondwe, acting director of CTTBD. 

"We are launching CTTBD at the right time to enhance the prevention of ECF in the region in order to realise the potential of the livestock industry and to protect human lives and address poverty."

ECF has a devastating impact on the livelihoods of those who depend on their cattle. "Nearly 900 million people in Africa rely on livestock for their livelihoods," said Peter Jeffries, chief executive officer of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines.

"When they lose livestock, they lose their source of livelihoods which trickles down to the entire economy. The vaccine being manufactured by CTTBD is a one-time vaccination, protecting cattle for their entire life and securing this vital source of livelihood."

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VetCT app offered to students and new graduates

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 The VetCT app is being offered for free to students and new veterinary graduates for their first three months in practice. The app provides a service for vets to send case information to a global team of Diploma-holding specialists, who can provide advice and support via instant call-back, text chat, written report, or virtual appointment.

Time on the app is automatically logged as CPD with quarterly certificates being generated for users. Additional services include the ability to book bespoke CPD, significant event reviews, and live training sessions such as surgical procedures.

The app is downloadable for both iOS and Android systems. 

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The webinar will take place on Thursday July 1, from 19.30pm to 21.00pm BST. For free registration and more information visit the Horiba website or register.gotowebinar.com