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Prevalence and economic significance of bovine fasciolosis in slaughtered cattle at Arusha abattoir, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Mwabonimana, M-F
dc.contributor.author Kassuku, A. A.
dc.contributor.author Ngowi, H. A.
dc.contributor.author Mellau, L. S. B.
dc.contributor.author Nonga, H. E.
dc.contributor.author Karimuribo, E. D.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-19T08:07:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-19T08:07:20Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/1636
dc.description Tanzania Veterinary Journal Vol. 26, No. 2 2009 en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to establish the prevalence and economic significance of fasciolosis in cattle slaughtered at Arusha abattoir in Tanzania. A 3-year database (2005-2008) from the abattoir was retrieved and analysed. In addition, meat inspection was carried out for one month (July 2008) with focus on Fasciola infection and its associated economic loss due to liver condemnation. Results from the retrospective study revealed that 8302 (6.7%) livers out of 123790 examined livers were condemned due to fasciolosis. Analysis of primary data (meat inspection) showed that 150 of 469 cattle livers condemned were due to fasciolosis, a relative condemnation rate of 32.0% per month. Based on the current local price of liver, the economic loss per month due to liver condemnation was estimated at Tanzania shillings (TZS) 1,800,000/- (approximately US $1,500), which summed to TZS 21,600,000/- (US $18,000) per annum. The specific cause of liver fasciolosis was Fasciola gigantica. These results indicate that F. gigantica infection is an important condition that leads to high liver condemnation rates in cattle slaughtered, resulting into high financial loss. This merits for more extensive epidemiological investigations to better determine the prevalence, economic impact and public health importance of the disease. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bovine fasciolosis en_US
dc.subject Liver condemnation en_US
dc.subject Economic significance en_US
dc.subject Slaughtered cattle en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Prevalence and economic significance of bovine fasciolosis in slaughtered cattle at Arusha abattoir, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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