Africa / Animal Diseases / East Africa / Livestock / Wildlife

Fighting disease spread during ‘the greatest show on earth’

The annual migration of over a million wildebeest across the Serengeti and Maasai Mara is often described as one of the greatest spectacles on earth. However, this natural wonder poses a real threat to the livelihood of local farmers whose cattle are essential to their economic and social welfare.

Four hundred thousand wildebeest calves born each year harbour the virus that causes malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) which is deadly to livestock. To avoid MCF, farmers move their cattle to poorer upland grazing where they are exposed to other serious diseases. Successful MCF control would have a major impact on the quality of life of farmers and their communities, as well as on the ecology of the plains where wildebeest and cattle co-exist.

Read more … (University of Nottingham)

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