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ETHICOBOTS offers support to the Ethiopian Government with ambitious plans to clean Government herds of Bovine TB

last modified Oct 31, 2018 01:41 PM

On the second October, Ethiopia Control of Bovine Tuberculosis Strategies (ETHICOBOTS) met with the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources and its State Minister Dr Gebre Egziabher to discuss Bovine TB control strategies. The project proposed testing government herds and then using control methods to eradicate the disease from these farms, leading to ‘clean’ government herds as an example to create awareness and set an example to be followed by the dairy industry.

ETHICOBOTS is a multi-disciplinary 5-year research project awarded to a consortium of researchers in Ethiopia and the UK, consisting of epidemiologists, geneticists, immunologists, and social scientists.

The aim of the ETHICOBOTS is to tackle the high burden of bovine TB in the Ethiopian dairy farm sector and to investigate the consequences of trading potentially infected dairy cattle to low prevalence regions and farming systems. The project is funded under Zoonoses & Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) programme.