Journal article

Vaccination with a live multi-gene deletion strain protects horses against virulent challenge with Streptococcus equi.

Carl Robinson, Zoe Heather, Josh Slater, Nicola Potts, Karen F Steward, Duncan J Maskell, Michael C Fontaine, Jeong-Jin Lee, Ken Smith, Andrew S Waller

Vaccine | Published : 2015

Abstract

Strangles, caused by Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (S. equi) is one of the most frequently diagnosed infectious diseases of horses and there remains a significant need to develop new preventative vaccines. We generated a live vaccine strain of S. equi containing deletions in six genes: sagA, hasA, aroB, pyrC, seM and recA, which was administered to nine Welsh mountain ponies via the intramuscular route. Four vaccinated ponies developed adverse reactions following the first vaccination from which the live vaccine strain was isolated. Two of these ponies were withdrawn from the study and seven ponies received a second vaccination, one of which then developed an adverse reaction. Nine cont..

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