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ILRI’s Philip Toye VOA interview on East Coast fever, and the benefits of co-parasitic infections

Many dairy farmers keep one cow and if it is lost to the disease, it is a complete loss with no fall back position. Thank you for good work, Phil Toye, in making advances towards taming the disease. Jane Gitau

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Typical mixed crop-livestock farming of western Kenya

ILRI-Wellcome projects have investigated the disease pathogens circulating in both people and animals in the communities outside the border town of Busia, Kenya, where smallholders mix crop growing with livestock raising (photo credit: ILRI/Pye-Smith).

Voice of America’s Joe DeCapua interview Phil Toye, a scientist with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), about a paper published this week in Science Advance.

‘East Coast fever kills one cow every 30 seconds in Africa, causing 300 million dollars in annual losses. But a new discovery could lead to an effective and much cheaper way to prevent the disease by pitting one form of parasite against another.

Listen to VOA’s De Capua and ILRI’s Phil Toye report on new East Coast fever research.
http://english.share.voanews.eu/externalaudio-FLRM/Audio/2688549.html

‘Philip Toye said, “East Coast fever is a major burden for millions of poor people in Africa whose existence depends on healthy cattle.”

‘It’s restricted to east, central and…

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