Website Offers Advice Preventing Scours.

New website aims to help beef producers avoid scours more effectively.

Novartis Animal Health US, Inc. has created a new website focused exclusively on scours prevention in beef and dairy calves.

The website, www.scourbos.com, features Scour Bos, the company's broad-spectrum vaccine that protects against the most common bacterial and viral pathogens that cause calf scours.

Scholz says the goal of the Novartis website is to give producers prevention tips and management strategies which can significantly reduce the risk of scours on their farms, says Doug Scholz, director of veterinary services at Novartis Animal Health.

 The website includes disease information, expert tips and vaccination guidelines. Visitors to the site also can learn how veterinarians and producers in different regions of the U.S. with unique herd health challenges are using Scour Bos as part of a comprehensive scours management plan.

The company says scours, or diarrhea, is a common result of bacterial and viral infections in the lining of baby calves’ small intestines. Calves are especially vulnerable to disease because their young immune systems have not yet developed and because they face many stresses in the first few hours of life. In fact, infected calves can quickly infect other newborn calves in close proximity.

Scours can be caused by coronavirus, rotavirus, K99 E. coli bacteria or Clostridium perfringens Type C. With so much potential for infection, choosing the appropriate, broad-spectrum vaccine is essential.

For more information visit www.scourbos.com.

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