Spatial Distribution of African Animal Trypanosomiasis in Western Kenya

Spatial Distribution of African Animal Trypanosomiasis in Suba and Teso Districts in Western Kenya

Samuel Thumbi, Joseph Jung’a, Reuben Mosi, Francis McOdimba

BMC Research Notes 2010, 3:6

“Studies on the epidemiology of African Animal Trypanosomiasis (AAT) rarely consider the spatial dimension of disease prevalence. This problem is confounded by use of parasitological diagnostic methods of low sensitivity in field surveys.

“Here we report a study combining highly sensitive and species specific molecular diagnostic methods, and Geographical information system (GIS) for spatial analysis of trypanosome infection patterns, to better understand its epidemiology. Blood samples from 44 and 59 animals randomly selected from Teso and Suba districts respectively were screened for trypanosomes using PCR diagnostic assays.”