East Coast Fever (ECF) is a disease of cattle caused by a blood-borne protozoal parasite, Theileria parva, predominantly carried by the brown ear tick (Rhipicephalus appendiculatus). It causes significanteconomic losses across East, Southern and Central Africa through death and production losses. In exotic dairy cattle, mortality rates are typically very high, but high mortality may also be experienced inpastoralist calves and cattle not previously exposed to the disease. The disease is reported in 11 countries in Africa and annual losses associated with ECF have been estimated at more than $300m per annum
This document outlines the current infection and treatment methods a detailing GALVmed’s work in that area and sets out future aims.
This is an output from the ‘Global Alliance For Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed): Phase 2 – Protecting Livestock and Saving Human Lives’ programme
GALVmed (2015). GALVmed Position Paper: East Coast Fever Infection & Treatment Method
Published 28 February 2015