Will we ever see vaccination against cattle worms?

Will we ever see vaccination against cattle worms?

Mike Smith

A February edition of the journal Science reports on the slow, disappointing progress in creating a vaccine  to control the human disease schistosomiasis, which the World Health Organization considers the second most devastating parasitic disease in the underdeveloped world, second only to malaria.  If such a critical worm vaccine for humans is coming “only at a snail’s pace,” as the author complains, then what progress can we expect on the perennial question for cattle producers: Are we ever going to see a vaccine that will work against the common cattle worms?

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