Work package WP9: Aims
LSD has been endemic in South Africa for almost 70 years and vaccination is practiced routinely, although average annual coverage is only around 15%. This has led to establishment of a strong expertise base within the country, especially within the South African Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute and the Veterinary Science Faculty of the University of Pretoria. Both institutions are responsible for this workpackage. Animals will be vaccinated with Neethling-type live attenuated LSD vaccine commercially available in South Africa, and studied for three to four years, with a number being challenged on an annual basis.