Transmission dynamics of Rhodesian sleeping sickness at the interface of wildlife and livestock areas

Auty, H. , Morrison, L. J., Torr, S. J. and Lord, J. (2016) Transmission dynamics of Rhodesian sleeping sickness at the interface of wildlife and livestock areas. Trends in Parasitology, 32(8), pp. 608-621. (doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2016.05.003) (PMID:27262917)

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Abstract

Many wilderness areas of East and Southern Africa are foci for Rhodesian sleeping sickness, a fatal zoonotic disease caused by trypanosomes transmitted by tsetse flies. Although transmission in these foci is traditionally driven by wildlife reservoirs, rising human and livestock populations may increase the role of livestock in transmission cycles. Deciphering transmission dynamics at wildlife and livestock interface areas is key to developing appropriate control. Data are lacking for key parameters, including host distributions, tsetse density, and mortality rates, and the relative roles of livestock and wildlife as hosts in fragmented habitats, limiting the development of meaningful models to assist in the assessment and implementation of control strategies.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors acknowledge the support of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Department for international Development, The Economic & Social Science Research Council, The Natural Environment Research Council, and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, under the Zoonosis and Emerging and Livestock Systems (ZELS) programme (Grant no. BB/L019035/1) and the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). L.M. is a Royal Society University Research Fellow (UF140610).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Auty, Harriet
Authors: Auty, H., Morrison, L. J., Torr, S. J., and Lord, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Parasitology
Publisher:Elsevier (Cell Press)
ISSN:1471-4922
ISSN (Online):1471-5007
Published Online:01 June 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Trends in Parasitology 32(8): 608-621
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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