Novel IBH Vaccine for Horses Tested

Swiss researchers have developed and tested a novel IBH vaccine for horses that minimized the disease-associated inflammation and itching in their trial herd.
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Antonia Fettelschoss-Gabriel, PhD, said this is the only IBH vaccine for horses so far to successfully ward off the inflammation and itching caused by biting midges’ saliva in affected horses. | Photo: iStock

If you’ve been itching for an effective insect bite hypersensitivity (IBH) vaccine for your horses, you might soon get some relief. Swiss researchers have developed and tested a novel IBH vaccine for horses that minimized the disease’s effects in their trial herd.

It’s the only IBH vaccine for horses so far to successfully ward off the inflammation and itching caused by biting midges’ saliva in affected horses, said Antonia Fettelschoss-Gabriel, PhD, researcher in the University Hospital Zurich Department of Dermatology, in Schlieren, and at Evax Biotech, in Münchwilen, both in Switzerland.

It’s also the first successful immunotherapeutic approach targeting a chronic disease in horses, working by preventing certain cells from getting recruited to the skin and causing tissue damage, she said

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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