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A cross-sectional epidemiological survey of bovine trypanosomosis and its vectors in the Savelugu and West Mamprusi districts of northern Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Mahama, C. I. en_US
dc.contributor.author Desquesnes, M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Dia, M. L. en_US
dc.contributor.author Losson, B. en_US
dc.contributor.author De Deken, R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Geerts, S. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-12-06T14:36:25Z
dc.date.available 2007-12-06T14:36:25Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0304-4017 en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2004.03.009
dc.identifier.other ITG-A5A en_US
dc.identifier.other ITG-ALA en_US
dc.identifier.other ANIMAL en_US
dc.identifier.other U-ANIMAL en_US
dc.identifier.other JIF en_US
dc.identifier.other DOI en_US
dc.identifier.other ABSTRACT en_US
dc.identifier.other FTC
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/556
dc.description.abstract The epidemiology of bovine trypanosomosis was investigated in two districts (Savelugu and West Mamprusi) of Northern Ghana with different land use and environmental characteristics. The land use intensity and environmental change was suspected to be higher in the Savelugu District. A cross-sectional entomological survey conducted along the White Volta river and its tributaries confirmed the presence of only Glossina palpalis gambiensis and G. tachinoides. The challenge index as measured by the product of tsetse density and tsetse infection rate was much higher in the West Mamprusi (19.6) than in the Savelugu district (4.7). A total of 1013 cattle (508 in Savelugu and 505 in West Mamprusi) were bled from a random selection of 16 villages in the Savelugu District and 13 villages in the West Mamprusi District. Blood samples were examined for trypanosomes by the buffy coat technique (BCT). Blood samples that were positive in the BCT or negative in the BCT but with packed cell volume (PCV) values below 21 were further tested with a polymerase chain reaction for trypanosomal DNA. Plasma samples of all cattle were serologically tested with an indirect ELISA for trypanosomal antibodies. The parasitological and serological prevalence of bovine trypanosomoses was significantly higher in West Mamprusi (16 and 53%, respectively) than in Savelugu District (8 and 24%, respectively). An evaluation of animal health at the village herd level, using PCV as an index of anaemia, provided various epidemiological scenarios prevalent in the entire study area. en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.subject Protozoal diseases en_US
dc.subject Trypanosomiasis en_US
dc.subject Animal diseases en_US
dc.subject Bovines en_US
dc.subject Epidemiology en_US
dc.subject Vectors en_US
dc.subject Entomology en_US
dc.subject Tsetse flies en_US
dc.subject Glossina palpalis palpalis en_US
dc.subject Glossina tachinoides en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.subject Africa, West en_US
dc.title A cross-sectional epidemiological survey of bovine trypanosomosis and its vectors in the Savelugu and West Mamprusi districts of northern Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Veterinary Parasitology en_US
dc.citation.volume 122 en_US
dc.citation.pages 1-13 en_US
dc.publisher.place Amsterdam
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15158552
dc.identifier.url www.elsevier.com/locate/vetpar
dc.identifier.url http://www.elsevier.com/locate/vetpar
dc.citation.jabbreviation Vet Parasitol en_US


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