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Infectious Diseases
in Livestock


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Animal diseases have cost the UK economy over £15 billion over the last decade. The impact of diseased livestock in developing countries can be devastating.

Will you help improve animal and public health and welfare?

The issue

Infectious diseases in livestock can have far-reaching and severe global consequences. In the developed world, the livestock industry is a key part of the economy. In countries where people depend on livestock to survive, keeping animals disease-free can be a matter of life and death.

Our solution

The University’s Sutton Bonington Campus is a national and international centre of excellence in agricultural and veterinary research. Sutton Bonington is one of two major UK centres with the expertise and facilities to carry out strategic pure and applied work in the field of infection biology with direct relevance to veterinary medicine, veterinary public health and human medicine.

Our preliminary research focuses on development of novel prevention and control interventions for infectious disease in livestock, and companion and wild animals. Our research findings are then translated into understanding human infections.

Additional funding will help establish Sutton Bonington as a centre for livestock infection biology, collaborating with regional universities (Leicester, Sheffield, Birmingham, Warwick, and Loughborough) and commercial organisations.

Our impact

Infection control will significantly improve animal welfare and the lives of millions of people worldwide by enhancing food security and reducing cases of gastrointestinal and respiratory infection. National economies will benefit, while less contaminated food will mean less disruption to global food supply chains.

What will your Impact be?

Your support for Infectious Diseases in Livestock will have a genuine impact on our ability to use infection prevention and control measures to improve animal welfare and public health, while securing food supplies worldwide. 

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IMPE56 [space] 10 to 70070

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Case study

A green approach to carcass decontamination

Sutton Bonington research into bacteriophages

A new application for an old vaccine

A vaccine for use against a major worldwide poultry infection

An improved method for checking salmonella in poultry

The development of commercial kits used worldwide.

Excluding salmonella by live vaccines

Protecting newly-hatched chicks against salmonella infection

Future plans

Research into tackling Clostridium difficile in hospital patients

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