Animal Diseases / Disease Control / East Africa / Livestock / Uganda

Sleeping sickness: Treating cattle to protect people

Every year, as many as 60,000 people in Africa die of sleeping sickness, a disease that passes between and among humans and animals through the bite of tsetse flies. Livestock such as cattle act as a reservoir for the disease, so treating cattle to cure them, and preventing re-infection through insecticide spraying, helps to reduce human cases. In Uganda, such a program is now being carried out, with private vets heavily involved. This is a new approach for livestock disease control, which has previously been the responsibility of government veterinary services.

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