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Eimeria species infect livestock in a host-specific manner and are the cause of the disease, coccidiosis. Control of Eimeria species is essential and is currently dominated by chemotherapy; with vaccination using formulations of live wild-type or attenuated parasites an increasing option. A new generation of subunit, live-vector or DNA vaccination strategies is being sought and determining the identity of suitable antigens remains difficult. Some past and present methods of controlling avian coccidia are discussed briefly and we describe progress with a novel approach to identify immunoprotective antigens as vaccine candidates.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.vaccine.2006.12.030

Type

Journal article

Journal

Vaccine

Publication Date

26/07/2007

Volume

25

Pages

5540 - 5547

Keywords

Animals, Bird Diseases, Coccidiosis, Eimeria, Protozoan Vaccines