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Producing a vaccine against Barbers Pole worm (B.AHE.0068)

Moredun Research Institute has patented a vaccine which has been shown to protect against barber’s pole worm infestation. This technical breakthrough has led to a project to accelerate production and clinical trials in Australia, enabling registration by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority by mid-2014.

Research undertaken by Moredun Research Institute

What are we doing?

Barber’s pole worm is a blood sucking parasite that can kill sheep, goats and calves. Until now, there has not been a commercial vaccine against intestinal worms, including barber’s pole worm, in any animal. This project provided the efficacy and safety data required for registering Barbervax for suckling lambs with the APVMA. The vaccine was launched in Oct'14, with claims for weaners and adult sheep to follow in due course.


october 2014

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