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These observations support a hypothesis that the hemolytic factors serve as pore-forming agents," says Fetterer.
One of our goals," Fetterer continues, "is to further purify and characterize this hemolytic factor and see if we can develop an antibody to it.
There are no such vaccines currently avail able for controlling these parasites," says Fetterer.
To make matters worse, "the larvae are actually specialized at crawling up grass blades where they can be ingested," adds Fetterer.
Severe blood loss can kill an animal, says Fetterer.
Ideally, we'd like to find something common to the Trichostrongylidae," says Fetterer.
Next to antibiotics, administering anthelmintic drugs is often a farmer's second highest production cost, Fetterer says.