Ames company will develop antidote to livestock disease
Thursday, October 18, 2012 1:55 PM
Ames-based Harrisvaccines has received a $1.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to develop a vaccine to prevent foot-and-mouth disease.
The disease is caused by a highly infectious virus, which was believed to have been eradicated in this country in the 1920s.
Last year, an Iowa State University report said foot-and-mouth disease "is considered by many to be the most economically devastating livestock disease in the world."