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Deworming of stray dogs and wild canines with praziquantel-laced baits delivered by an unmanned aerial vehicle in areas highly endemic for echinococcosis in China

Overview of attention for article published in Infectious Diseases of Poverty, June 2017
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Title
Deworming of stray dogs and wild canines with praziquantel-laced baits delivered by an unmanned aerial vehicle in areas highly endemic for echinococcosis in China
Published in
Infectious Diseases of Poverty, June 2017
DOI 10.1186/s40249-017-0329-8
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Authors

Qing Yu, Ning Xiao, Shi-jie Yang, Shuai Han

Abstract

Canines, the definitive hosts for the parasites causing alveolar (AE) and cystic echinococcosis (CE), are the main source of this infections playing the key role in the transmission. The ten-year mortality rate of AE is extremely high (94%) if the patients are not given sustained treatment. The aim of this field study is to explore the possibility of delivery of praziquantel-laced baits using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) aimed at deworming wild canines in the endemic areas. UAVs were compared to manual bait delivery in the 1-km(2) test areas followed by testing of canine faeces using an Echinococcus coproantigen ELISA test in the ensuing year. The outcomes of the two approaches were compared with respect to time of delivery and overall cost. Compared to manual bait delivery, delivery by UAVs saved up to 67% of the overall cost. Three times more staff was needed for the former approach compared to the latter and, time wise, UAV bait delivery saved 350% compared to manual bait delivery on average. With regard to investment needed, the use of UAVs showed an efficiency 2.5 times better than manual bait delivery. Compared to the area served by UAVs, the average positive rate for the canine faecal samples was more than 38% higher in the area served manually. The technique of bait delivery with praziquantel using UAVs for canine deworming has a strong potential with regard to savings of manpower, time and overall cost in areas highly endemic for echinococcosis.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 24 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 25%
Student > Master 6 25%
Researcher 2 8%
Student > Postgraduate 2 8%
Librarian 1 4%
Other 3 13%
Unknown 4 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 6 25%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 3 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 8%
Environmental Science 2 8%
Social Sciences 2 8%
Other 4 17%
Unknown 5 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 June 2017.
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#6,757,733
of 11,426,158 outputs
Outputs from Infectious Diseases of Poverty
#213
of 389 outputs
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#134,781
of 261,803 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Infectious Diseases of Poverty
#12
of 28 outputs
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