Finding better vaccine for mutating bovine virus

Finding better vaccine for mutating bovine virus

Mutating virus suppresses cow's immune response and results in billions in losses.

BOVINE viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) results in one of the most costly diseases among cattle, with losses in U.S. herds estimated at $2 billion per year, according to professor Christopher Chase of the South Dakota State University (SDSU) veterinary and biomedical sciences department.

"It is an immune-suppressive disease," he explained.

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