ABSTRACT: A low molecular weight fraction from adult Haemonchus contortus containing two peptides (p26/23) was used to vaccinate Manchego female lambs between 3.5 and 5 months of age. Immunizing injections were given three times on days 0, 14 and 28 of the experiment. On day 43, lambs were challenged with 400 third stage larvae/kg live weight. Vaccination induced a lengthening of prepatent periods, significant reduction (> 60%) in mean faecal egg counts and smaller variations in packed cell volume values. At necropsy, average worm burden in the vaccinated lambs was significantly lower (61.6%) than that found in unvaccinated challenged animals. A clear correlation was found between protection and serum antibody response in immunized lambs.
Parasite Immunology 03/2000; 22(3):131-8. · 2.60 Impact Factor