Developing new vaccine strategies for Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (pink eye)

Project Team: Philip Griebel, Paola Elizalde

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.