Nuflor, the antibiotic used for treating pneumonia, can now be used to prevent animals contracting the disease.

Schering-Plough Animal Health says its Nuflor antibiotic can now be used for the batch treatment of potentially sick calves.

Whole pen treatment with Nuflor of sick and in-contact animals was compared with treatment of sick animals only and after five days of treatment 98.4% of the in-contact animal remained pneumonia-free, compared to 78.5% of the untreated in-contacts, explained SPAH’s Andrew Montgomery.