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Vaccination with 'concealed' antigens for tick control.

Authors
  • Willadsen, P
  • Kemp, D H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parasitology Today
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jul 01, 1988
Volume
4
Issue
7
Pages
196–198
Identifiers
PMID: 15463090
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Ticks are responsible for substantial economic losses to the livestock industry, necessitating intensive use of chemical acoricides in many parts of the world. Problems of chemical residues, cost of acoricides, and development of resistance by ticks, have long been recognized and have helped to stimulate interest in tick control by immunological means (see Box 1). One approach has been to seek ways to enhance the natural immunity often acquired by animals in response to tick infestation. An alternative, discussed here by Peter Willadsen and David Kemp, is to vaccinate with 'concealed' tick antigens not normally encountered by the host, and so stimulate a different immune effector mechanism.

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