Vaccination against ticks (Boophilus spp.): the experience with the Bm86-based vaccine Gavac™

These results clearly demonstrate the advantage of vaccination and support the application of Gavac for the control of Boophilus spp. infestations

José de la Fuente; Manuel Rodrı́guez; Carlos Montero; Miguel Redondo; José Carlos Garcı́a-Garcı́a; Luis Méndez; Emerio Serrano; Mario Valdés; Antonio Enrı́quez; Mario Canales; Eduardo Ramos; Oscar Boué; Héctor Machado; Ricardo Lleonart

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • The control of tick infestations and the transmission of tick-borne diseases remain a challenge for the cattle industry in tropical and subtropical areas of the world
  • Traditional control methods have been only partially successful and the parasites continue to result in significant losses for the cattle industry
  • Field trials under production conditions have been conducted in Cuba, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico in pure and cross-bred cattle herds
  • The cost-effectiveness analysis showed a 60% reduction in the number of acaricide treatments, together with the control of tick infestations and transmission of babesiosis, which resulted in savings of $23.4 animal−1 year−1
  • These results clearly demonstrate the advantage of vaccination and support the application of Gavac for the control of Boophilus spp. infestations

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