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Canine leishmaniasis vaccine

 Εμβολιασμός για τη Λεισμανίωση

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by the protozoan Leishmania and is transmitted by the bite of female midges. This zoonotic disease affects mainly dogs, causes serious veterinary problems and has a growing impact on public health.

Canileish, the first veterinary vaccine for leishmaniasis, was launched in Greece on Monday, 18 January. This vaccine comes to fill a gap in the prevention of the disease caused by the bite of an infected midge, as until now all precautionary measures were geared towards avoiding the bite.

The main difference between this vaccine and reality as we know it today is that it does not provide absolute immunity. When a puppy receives the parvovirus (typhoid) shot we know that the puppy will not develop parvovirus disease. However, a dog vaccinated with Canileish may develop leishmaniasis. What the vaccine does is to greatly reduce the chances of this happening.

Εμβόλιο για τη ΛεϊσμανίωσηThe first vaccination must be repeated 3 times at 3-week intervals. Six months is the earliest age at which vaccination can start. Booster vaccinations are repeated once a year. Before the vaccination scheme, a serological examination is needed to verify that the dog is not sick, as it has not been demonstrated if the vaccine is effective in sick animals.The cost of the examination at the clinic is 25 EUR and the cost of each vaccination is 45 EUR.More information about leishmaniasis and the vaccine can be found in the attached document.