Sheep blood


Seab drawing 250 ml of blood from a jugular vein into a citrated blood bag.

Seab drawing 250 ml of blood from a jugular vein into a citrated blood bag.

Seab, Visal and Touch (L-R) make sure the sheep have plenty of water and feed.

Seab, Visal and Touch (L-R) make sure the sheep have plenty of water and feed.

Sheep blood is an essential growth factor for some pathogenic bacteria and the colonial morphology and hemolytic pattern of these bacteria have been well described on sheep blood agar. In order to have a reliable supply of sheep blood, DMDP has maintained a small flock of sheep at Resource Development International (RDI) Cambodia. RDI is about 11 kms. outside Phnom Penh along National Hwy. 1 on the way to the border with Vietnam. DMDP is fortunate that RDI has pens for sheep where a responsible team of Cambodian men do an excellent job of caring for the sheep.

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