This online CPD course has been designed to provide easy access to up-to-date scientific information on bovine malignant catarrhal fever (MCF). This excellent course has been developed by internationally recognized scientists Prof David O’Toole (Wyoming, USA) and Prof H Li (Washington State University, USA).
Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) is a generally fatal viral disease of domestic cattle and certain wildlife species. This course on MCF underscores more recent developments such as expansion of the MCF virus group, current diagnostic assays, recognition of additional susceptible species, MCF in pigs, current thoughts about pathogenesis, and prospects for an effective vaccine. The differences and similarities of wildebeest-associated and sheep-associated MCF in terms of risks of infections, clinical disease in cattle versus bison and deer, and the role that wildebeest calves and lambs play in the transmission and spread of the disease in farming systems are discussed.
Veterinary, para-veterinary and allied animal and human health professionals and students.
This online CPD course has been designed to provide easy access to updated scientific information on bovine malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) for a wide range of learners with different interest in the disease.
Malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) is a generally fatal viral disease of domestic cattle and wildlife including multiple species of deer, American and European bison, water buffalo and certain captive and farmed antelope and domestic pigs.
The growing number of gammaherpesviruses in the MCF virus group that present a challenge to diagnosticians and researchers are discussed. Ten such agents are recognized as of 2018. Six of 10 MCFVs cause mild to severe disease in poorly adapted host species. Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1) and ovine herpesvirus 2 (OvHV-2) infections are the most important economically. The natural hosts of AlHV-1 are wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus and C. gnou). Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 causes the ‘African’ or wildebeest-associated form of MCF (WA-MCF). Disease can be seen anywhere wildebeest are kept near domestic cattle and other clinically susceptible species.
No commercial vaccines are available to control MCF in cattle, bison or deer species.
The test does not include questions on virological and molecular details of the structure and function of the virus or details of the pathogenesis, immunology and diagnostic tests. The learner will be able to study and complete the course material and online test at his/her own pace.
After completion of the course the learner will have a sound knowledge of MCF and will be able to:
Some of the modules will have a multiple-choice test, while others are read for information.
Module 2: Malignant catarrhal fever
South African Veterinary Council (SAVC)
2 CPD Points
In order to qualify for CPD points, the learner will be required to complete the course and pass the multiple-choice test with 80%.