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

HK Auty, LJ Morrison, SJ Torr, J Lord

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608 - 621
Number of pages14
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Volume32
Issue number8
Early online date1 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusFirst published - 1 Jun 2016

Bibliographical note

1026552

Keywords

  • Animal reservoirs
  • Mathematical models
  • Rhodesian human African trypanosomiasis
  • Tsetse
  • Wilderness areas
  • Wildlife/livestock interface

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