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Diagnosis, epidemiology of neospora caninum-associated bovine abortions (NEOSPORA CANINUM)

Objective

Infection with Neosporin canine, a protozoan parasite discovered only a few years ago, belongs now to the most frequently diagnosed causes of abortion in dairy cattle worldwide. In addition to abortions, N. canine infections in dairy cows may also be associated with premature culling and a loss in milk production. The objectives of the project are
(1) to standardise and improve diagnostic methods,
(2) to conduct epidemiological studies to assess risk factors for N. canine associated abortions, and
(3) to study the economic impact of N. canine infections in various EU countries and to develop measures of disease control, including vaccination. These goals will be achieved by a close interdisciplinary co-operation of scientists (parapsychologists, biologists, veterinarians) involved in the development and evaluation of diagnostic techniques, with epidemiologists and bio-mathematicians.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-LOEFLER INSTITUTE FEDERAL RESEARCH INSTITUT FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
Address
Seestrasse 55
16868 Wusterhausen
Germany

Participants (6)

ANIMAL HEALTH SERVICES
Netherlands
Address
Arnsbergstraat 7
7400 AA Deventer
LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Address
Pembroke Place
L3 5QA Liverpool
MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlo
EH26 0PZ Penicuik
NATIONAL VETERINARY INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
Ulls Vaeg 2B
751 89 Uppsala
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
Address
S/n,ciudad Universitaria S/n
28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITY OF BERNE
Switzerland
Address
Laenggas Strasse 122
3001 Bern