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Bovine Pinkeye Research: New Directions Needed

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Title: Bovine Pinkeye Research: New Directions Needed
Author: Staples, George E.; Kotta, Patricia
Description: In 1982, the ailment 'pinkeye'. an infectious bovine keratonconjunctivitis (IBK), was a major economic problem in raising cattle. Those cattle afflicted were reported to be 36 to 40 lbs lighter than not afflicted at weaning time. Treatment of this disease was expensive and labor intensive. The bactera, Moraxella bovis, is the culprit most often. Vaccines up to this time had proven ineffective. Recovery from this did produce a good level of immunity, which suggested that other organism or confounding variables were at work in the immune process(es). When various organisms or factors involved in the causing this disease are identified, prospects for the likelihood of a creation of an effective immune response against IBK would be increased.Various research at the North Dakota State University in 1980, 1981 and 1983 conducted on this are presented. The article concludes that then current IBK research was ineffectual in the procurement of a cure for this condition. More research was needed to isolate the factors for naturally occurring immunity in once infected cattle in order to find a cure.
Date: 1982
Subject: Cattle diseases
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/4704

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