University of Missouri lands grant to study tick-borne diseases

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COLUMBIA, Mo. The University of Missouri has received nearly half a million dollars in federal grant money to develop new ways to combat tick-borne disease affecting cattle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the University $460,000 for research of ticks and tick-borne pathogens.

The study is trying to develop a sustainable method to root out an infectious blood disease in cattle spread through bacteria transmitted by ticks.

Researchers plan to use extracts from tick tissues to create immunizations that will serve as a more efficient and environmentally sound means of fighting the disease.

Missouri has seen an increase in tick-borne illnesses over the past several years. It's been estimated ticks affect more than 80 percent of Missouri's beef cattle.