Animal HealthDiseasesRinderpestPrevention

Rinderpest Prevention and Control

Information about how to prevent and control further spread of Rinderpest.

Rinderpest can be prevented with vaccination but spreads easily among non-vaccinated herds through livestock trade and pastoral migrations. The commonly used vaccine is an attenuated strain of rinderpest virus. In some countries a mixed rinderpest/contagious bovine pleuropneumonia vaccine is used. Immunity lasts at least 5 years and is probably life-long. Annual revaccination is recommended in order to obtain a high percentage of immunized animals in an area

Prevention and control measures center around isolating and/or slaughtering infected animals. Proper destruction of cadavers and carcasses along with disinfection of animal holding areas is crucial.

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Department of Livestock
Animal Health Bureau
PO Box 202001
Helena, MT 59620-2001
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