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Tirupati: SVVU carries out vaccine research for foot rot disease prevention in sheep and goat
Sri Venkateshwara Veterinary University, Tirupati had carried out extensive research work on Foot rot caused by Dichelobacter nodosus bacteria and developed protocol for development of trivalent vaccine at laboratory level.
Sri Venkateshwara Veterinary University, Tirupati had carried out extensive research work on Foot rot caused by Dichelobacter nodosus bacteria and developed protocol for development of trivalent vaccine at laboratory level. For transfer of technology for production of trivalent vaccine on commercial scale, SVVU has entered into MOU with Indian Immunological Ltd, Hyderabad, on Tuesday.
The commercial vaccine will come for the use at field level for the benefit of farmers in 2-3 years time frame after completion of statutory approval from Govt and other governing bodies. The MOU is signed by Dr T Madhava Rao, Registrar of SVVU and Dr Anand Kumar, MD of Indian Immunological Ltd in the presence of Dr V Padmanabha Reddy, Vice-chancellor, Dr P Eswara Prasad, Director of Research, Dr Rajendra, R&D Head of IIL .
SV Veterinary VC P Padmanabha Reddy told The Hans India " Foot rot is a highly contagious and economically important disease of ruminants, especially sheep and goats. The disease is characterized by an exudative inflammation followed by necrosis of the epidermal tissues of the interdigital skin and hoof matrix, which results in separation of the hoof from the underlying soft tissue."
In view of that we have keen interest to develop vaccine for foot rot disease prevention in Sheep as well as in Goat population in across the country specially in our state where the sheep and cows were in large number, The VC added.
He said that rot disease is a chronic infection causing inflammation of the epidermal tissues of the hoof with under running of the horn with inter-digital dermatitis. The affected animals exhibit lameness, loss of body condition, reduced wool and meat production and decreased fertility.
"The Vaccine will benefit lakhs of Sheep and Goat farmers of the country as the disease is prevalent to the tune of 15-16% of sheep and Goat population with mortality of around 3%. This is going to augment the productivity of sheep and goat population, " VC Professor VPN Reddy told.