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According to a recent study, understanding how livestock moves between pastoral communities can inform more effective infectious disease control strategies that target villages instead of individual households. Rotating livestock to distant grazeable areas is crucial in dry areas, such as Kenya’s Maasai Mara ecosystem whose dynamics are influenced by the Maasai Mara National Reserve (MMNR). However, with each move comes a greater risk of infectious diseases jumping between herds.

Many people living in an emerging infectious disease hotspot often do not fully understand the health threats linked to living in a wildlife-rich area, according to a new study. Around 60 percent of all emerging infectious diseases can transfer across human and animal lines, which is known as zoonosis. A person’s risk of catching a zoonotic disease increases in situations where humans regularly interact with wildlife, and these interactions are on the rise as climate change forces humans further into wild habitats in search of resources.

With the new support, CVM researchers will help animals and producers across the food animal agriculture industry

A team of researchers led by Luciano Caixeta, DVM, PhD, recently published a study that found administering an immune stimulant (IS) prior to transportation reduced the likelihood of treatment for respiratory diseases during the first 30 days of life.


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