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Feb 1, 2011 8:40 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere

LSU AgCenter Vaccine Fights Against Cattle Disease

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's agriculture department says a vaccine developed by scientists at the LSU AgCenter is showing results in preventing a disease that costs U.S. cattle and dairy producers an estimated $300 million a year.
The disease is "anaplasmosis," which is spread by ticks and destroys red blood cells in cattle.
The vaccine is a "killed" vaccine, which means it uses the dead disease organism to create immunity in cattle. It's the only "killed" vaccine available to prevent anaplasmosis. It's being marketed by University Products LLC, according to an agriculuture department news release.

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