Developing new vaccine strategies for Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (Pink-eye)

Project Team: Philip Griebel, Natasa Arsic, Paola Elizalde, Antonio Facciuolo, Angela Howell, Nilusha Malmuthuge

Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) known as “pink-eye” in cattle, is an economically significant animal welfare concern that causes pain and can lead to blindness. Pink-eye is extremely contagious and known to be caused by Moraxella bovis and Moraxella bovoculi infections.

Our team is working to develop an effective vaccine and vaccine strategy to prevent pink-eye in young calves and cows. This includes developing a reproducible animal model for IBK to evaluate the efficacy of commercial pink-eye vaccines versus ocular immunization with M. bovis and M. bovoculi.