Camel GuardTM: Production of Infant formula enriched with antibodies against diarrheal disease

The disease

Gastroenteritis, a major health problem in developing countries, is the infection of the digestive system. In 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that diarrheal diseases caused by gastroenteritis was ranked third in causes of death in children less than five years old with about 1.7 million deaths every year.

Treatments available

All countries implement several strategies to decrease the effect of the diarrhea and its consequences on child and infant health. These strategies include vaccination programs against the main causes of diarrhea. The results of these strategies once it starts will positively be reflected on child cognitive development and health.

How camels will improve the treatments

Camel immune system components (innate and adaptive systems) have shown great potential as biological antimicrobial agents against various gastrointestinal infectious diseases for example, E. coli and Hepatitis C and Rota viruses due to their selectivity, availability, safety and stability.

Our solution

Our aim is to produce novel nutritional infant formula through provoking the camel immune system to produce enriched milk with polyclonal antibodies against diarrheal causes, especially Pasturella multicida, type I, II and III, Pasturella haemolytica, Escherichia coli (Various types), Salmonella typhimurium, salmonella dublin, salmonella enteritidis, and Rotavirus.