The parasite Theileria lestoquardi is transmitted by ticks and causes malignant ovine theileriosis (MOT), a disease that is prevalent in Sudan and is considered of high economic importance, especially because export of sheep is a major part of the Sudanese economy:
This article describes the results of a study undertaken to test a live vaccine based on a Sudanese isolate (infected cells) previously developed for immunisation of sheep against malignant ovine theileriosis in Sudan. The results of this work will inform on the best approach for controlling malignant ovine theileriosis in Sudan.
This work is collaborative research with Biosciences eastern and central Africa Hub at the International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI Hub), and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) core funding from the UK Department for International Development.
Ali A.M., Salih D.A., Njahira M.N., Hassan S.K., EL Hussein A.M., Liu Z., Yin H., Pelle R. and Skilton R.A. (2017) Genotyping of Theileria lestoquardi from sheep and goats in Sudan to support control of malignant ovine theileriosis. Veterinary Parasitology 239, 7–14. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2017.1004.1005.
Genotyping of Theileria lestoquardi from sheep and goats in Sudan to support control of malignant bovine theileriosis