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Spatial Distribution of Trypanosomes in Cattle From Western Kenya

Frontiers in Veterinary Science

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trypanosomiasis, tsetse, cattle, Kenya, spatial distribution

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Abstract

African Animal Trypanosomiasis (AAT) is a tsetse-transmitted protozoan disease endemic in “the tsetse belt” of Africa. Past studies investigating the epidemiology of the disease rarely focused on spatial distribution when reporting the prevalence. The challenge of understanding the spatial epidemiology of the disease is further confounded by low-sensitive parasitological techniques used in field investigations. This study aimed to identify trypanosome species in cattle and their spatial distribution in western Kenya. Low-sensitive microscopic analysis and highly-sensitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques were also compared to better understand the epidemiology of Trypanosoma infections by use of the geographical information system (GIS). Blood samples from 888 cattle, collected between August 2010 and July 2012, were examined for Trypanosoma parasites by light microscopy and PCR. The spatial distribution of Trypanosoma positive cases by species were mapped and overlaid on the map for tsetse distribution. The estimated prevalence was 4.17% by PCR compared to 2.48% by microscopy. Trypanosomes were detected in tsetse free areas. Trypanosoma vivax and Trypanosoma b. brucei were identified, but not the zoonotic Trypanosoma b. rhodesiense. This study demonstrated the importance of geospatial data analysis to understand the epidemiology of the parasite, to inform future research and formulate control strategies.

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Author and article information

Journal
Front Vet Sci
Front Vet Sci
Front. Vet. Sci.
Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Frontiers Media S.A.
2297-1769
28 August 2020
2020
: 7
Affiliations
1International Livestock Research Institute , Nairobi, Kenya
2Biomedical Sciences, Edinburgh Medical School, University of Edinburgh , Edinburgh, United Kingdom
3Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool , Liverpool, United Kingdom
Author notes

Edited by: Anuwat Wiratsudakul, Mahidol University, Thailand

Reviewed by: Md. Aminul Islam, Tohoku University, Japan; Dongbo Sun, Heilongjiang Bayi Agricultural University, China

*Correspondence: Velma Kivali velmakivali@ 123456gmail.com
Elizabeth A. J. Cook e.cook@ 123456cgiar.org

This article was submitted to Veterinary Infectious Diseases, a section of the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Article
10.3389/fvets.2020.00554
7485574

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Figures: 2, Tables: 1, Equations: 0, References: 25, Pages: 6, Words: 3980
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Veterinary Science
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trypanosomiasis, tsetse, cattle, kenya, spatial distribution