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Bovine trypanosomosis and its fly vectors in three selected settlement areas of Hawa-Gelan district, western Ethiopia

Kumela Lelisa, Shihun Shimeles, Jemere Bekele, Desie Sheferaw
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 81, No 1 | a715 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v81i1.715 | © 2014 Kumela Lelisa, Shihun Shimeles, Jemere Bekele, Desie Sheferaw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 November 2013 | Published: 12 November 2014

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Kumela Lelisa, College of Veterinary Medicine, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Shihun Shimeles, College of Veterinary Medicine, Haramaya University, Ethiopia
Jemere Bekele, School of Veterinary Medicine, Hawassa University, Ethiopia
Desie Sheferaw, College of Veterinary Medicine, Haramaya University, Ethiopia

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A cross-sectional study aimed at investigating the species diversity of fly vectors and estimating the prevalence of bovine trypanosomosis was carried out from October 2009 to May 2010 in selected settlement areas of the Hawa-Gelan district in the western Wollega zone of Ethiopia. Standard methods of sampling and identification were employed for both entomological and parasitological examination. Three species of the genus Glossina (Glossina pallidipes, Glossina morsitans submorsitans and Glossina fuscipes) and two genera of biting flies (Stomoxys and Tabanus) were caught and identified. The overall apparent density of Glossina species caught was 10.5 flies per trap per day, with a higher proportion of female flies (57.2%). Out of a total 389 cattle examined, 42 (10.8%; 95% CI: 7.89% – 14.3%) were found infected with trypanosomes. Three trypanosome species were detected in the study area, namely Trypanosoma congolense (54.8%), Trypanosoma brucei (23.8%) and Trypanosoma vivax (21.4%). The prevalence of trypanosomosis was found to be significantly (p < 0.05) higher in cattle with poor body condition. There was an association between mean packed cell volume (PCV) and the occurrence of parasitaemia (χ2 = 49.5, p < 0.05). About 95.2% of cattle that were positive for trypanosomes had a PCV less than the lower limit for cattle. Considering the current result, bovine trypanosomosis seems to be a serious constraint for agricultural activities in the settlement areas of the Hawa-Gelan district and seems to be associated with the presence of Glossina species. Therefore, application of control methods through community involvement to reduce the Glossina species infestation level is likely to increase animal productivity.


Trypanosomosis, Glossina, Diversity, Hawa-Gelan, Ethiopia


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