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Oocyst vaccine production: A challenge for animal health companies

Prevention of coccidiosis in poultry relies on live vaccines.

28 March 2019, at 12:00am

Ionophores act as coccidiostasts by maintaining a certain level of contact with the oocyst parasite but vaccines are the only products that are able to generate a good level of specific immunity from the very beginning. Oocyst production in itself is a challenge for those companies producing vaccines.

Microscopic picture (x400) of the oocysts of 5 species included in HIPRACOX® vaccine.
Microscopic picture (x400) of the oocysts of 5 species included in HIPRACOX® vaccine.

A new generation of vaccines against coccidiosis in chickens, using attenuated oocysts of different Eimeria spp. , has been launched in recent years and can allow Eimeria prevention using vaccination only.

To support producers, Hipra have built an Eimeria Prevention resource library featuring videos, blogs, vaccines and dose calculations. Access the full article here.