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Trypanotolerant Livestock in the Contex of Trypansosmiasis

By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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Title: Trypanotolerant Livestock in the Contex of Trypansosmiasis  
Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Language: English
Subject: United Nations., Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. FAO agriculture series, Agriculture
Collections: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Collection
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Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; Digitizer: Fao


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Excerpt: The control of tsetse-trypanosomiasis in West Africa, as in other regions of the continent, has historically been in the domain of government investment for the good of the human populations in tsetse-infested areas. The political motivation for government-led campaigns against tsetse flies was considered to be justified in view of the fact that the disease transmitted by tsetse not only affects livestock but also humans. Recent information (Hursey, 2001) suggests that the incidence of African human trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, has been on the rise, with approximately 50 000 deaths recorded in 1998. Approximately 55 million people are considered to be at risk of contracting sleeping sickness (DFID, 2001). The number of people at risk is believed to have risen in some areas of countries experiencing civil unrest (DFID, 2001). With respect to domestic livestock, it is estimated that some 46 million cattle are at risk of contracting African animal trypanosomiasis (AAT) in sub-Saharan Africa (Kristjanson et al ... 1999; FAO, 2000). In West Africa, as much as 51, 68 and 90 percent of the region?s semi-arid, subhumid and humid zones, respectively, were infested with tsetse in the 1980s (Jahnke, 1982). With the possible exception of Mauritania, all the countries in West Africa are affected with tsetse-transmitted trypanosomiasis to some extent. A recent review of the status of trypanotolerant livestock (Agyemang, 2000a) indicated that most of the countries in West and Central Africa identify tsetse-transmitted trypanosomiasis as a serious health problem to domestic livestock production and agricultural production as a whole.


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