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Monday, April 26, 2010

New journal article: Testing of trypanosomosis control strategies in West Africa's cotton zone

Widespread resistance to trypanocidal drugs threatens their effective use by smallholder crop-livestock farmers, particularly in the cotton zone of West Africa where the risk of trypanosomosis is high.

Research to identify and test best-bet integrated control strategies to reduce the risk of trypanocide resistance found that community-based tse tse control is effective but needs external support to be sustainable.

Rational drug use is a promising strategy in areas where resistance is not yet well established. Keeping of trypanotolerant cattle, though less attractive to farmers, should be promoted in areas where these cattle are still maintained.

These research findings are discussed in an article published online on 23 April 2010 in a special  issue of the journal Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. ILRI researchers Hippolyte Affognon, Oumar Diall, Delia Grace and Thomas Randolph are co-authors.

Read the abstract here

Clausen P-H, Bauer B, Zessin K-H, Diall O, Bocoum Z, Sidibe I, Affognon H, Waibel H, Grace D and Randolph T. 2010. Preventing and containing trypanocide resistance in the cotton zone of West Africa. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 57(1-2): 28-32.