Heartwater study focuses on vaccine development

Vector-borne disease center will use $200,000 grant to study heartwater, a deadly tick-transmitted pathogen in livestock.

Researchers at Kansas State University are leading the way in efforts to contain and control a foreign animal disease — heartwater — that is caused by a tick-transmitted pathogen Ehrlichia ruminantium. Heartwater is deadly to cattle, sheep and goats.

Kansas State's Center of Excellence for Vector Borne-Diseases has obtained $200,000 from the state of Kansas through its National Bio & Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) Transition Fund to study the novel pathogen and work on d

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