Original Research

An update of the bovine trypanosomosis situation at the edge of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa : research communication

P. Van den Bossche, J. Esterhuizen, R. Nkuna, T. Matjila, B. Penzhorn, S. Geerts, T. Marcotty
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 73, No 1 | a172 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v73i1.172 | © 2006 P. Van den Bossche, J. Esterhuizen, R. Nkuna, T. Matjila, B. Penzhorn, S. Geerts, T. Marcotty | This work is licensed under CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0
Submitted: 13 September 2006 | Published: 13 September 2006

About the author(s)

P. Van den Bossche,
J. Esterhuizen,
R. Nkuna,
T. Matjila,
B. Penzhorn,
S. Geerts,
T. Marcotty,

Full Text:

PDF (182KB)

Share this article

Bookmark and Share

Abstract

To obtain updated data on and assess the contribution of trypanosomosis to the disease burden of cattle kept at the edge of the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, a survey was conducted at Mvutshini Dip. Use was made of a purposeful sampling strategy by restricting sampling to animals that the livestock owner considered to be in poor condition. Of a total of 76 blood samples collected, 26 were parasitologically positive and 46 were positive on PCR / RFLP. Almost all infections were due to Trypanosoma congolense savannah subgroup. A total of 63 animals had a PCV < 24 % and were considered to be anaemic. Results from the survey show that trypanosome infections contribute significantly to the overall burden of disease in the area. Further research is required to develop appropriate control methods.

Keywords

No related keywords in the metadata.

Metrics

Total abstract views: 2251
Total article views: 2468

 

Crossref Citations

1. Endemic type of animal trypanosomiasis is not associated with lower genotype variability of Trypanosoma congolense isolates circulating in livestock
J. Masumu, D. Geysen, P. Van den Bossche
Research in Veterinary Science  vol: 87  issue: 2  first page: 265  year: 2009  
doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2009.03.003