Cold chain problems behind animal vaccine failure
The failure of the Scabine vaccine on lambs in New Zealand has been put down to a problem in the ‘cold chain’, says a chief veterinarian.
Reports show that a vaccine for ‘orf’ or contagious pustular dermatitis in sheep had not taken, following injections at tailing time.
Farmers receiving certain batches had reported that the vaccine had been ineffective, and a chief vet in the area has named a disruption in the cold chain as the source of this failure.
Scabine is a live vaccine, and its effectiveness can be compromised if it is stored or handled incorrectly. The vaccine should be stored at between 2-8°C, but in this case the vaccine was exposed to a high temperature at some point in the cold chain.
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