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An atlas of tsetse and bovine trypanosomosis in Sudan

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, April 2016
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An atlas of tsetse and bovine trypanosomosis in Sudan
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Parasites & Vectors, April 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13071-016-1485-6
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Selma K. Ahmed, Ahmed H. Rahman, Mohammed A. Hassan, Sir Elkhatim M. Salih, Massimo Paone, Giuliano Cecchi


After a long period of neglect, initiatives are being implemented in Sudan to control tsetse and trypanosomosis. Their planning, execution and monitoring require reliable information on the geographic distribution of the disease and its vectors. However, geo-referenced and harmonized data at the national level are lacking, despite the fact that a number of epidemiological studies were conducted over the years. The Atlas of tsetse and bovine trypanosomosis in Sudan tries to fill this gap. The present study includes both a review of historical datasets on tsetse flies and bovine trypanosomosis, as well as the results of recent, targeted field investigations. The review includes both published and unpublished datasets collected in Sudan from 1960 onwards. Targeted field investigations were conducted for trypanosomosis in Blue Nile (2011) and Gezeira States (2012), for tsetse flies in South Darfur (2012) and Blue Nile States (2009 and 2011), and for other trypanosomosis vectors in seven States (Khartoum, Gezeira, White Nile, Blue Nile, North Kordofan, Kassala and Gadarif). The latter surveys, conducted from 2010 to 2012, also enabled us to confirm the absence of tsetse flies in a number of locations. Tsetse fly infestation in Sudan appears to be limited to two relatively small areas at the south-western and south-eastern tips of the Country (South Darfur and Blue Nile State respectively). Glossina morsitans submorsitans is present in both areas, whilst G. fuscipes fuscipes is found only in the latter. In contrast, bovine trypanosomosis is widespread, its presence having being confirmed in eleven States and suspected in all the others. Both mechanical transmission by non-cyclical vectors and animal movement contribute to this broad distribution of trypanosomosis. This is especially the case for Trypanosoma vivax, which was found even in sedentary cattle at hundreds of kilometres of the tsetse belt. The Atlas provides a spatially-explicit synthesis of the current knowledge of tsetse and bovine trypanosomosis in Sudan. Its various epidemiological outputs are being used to target both trypanosomosis control activities and further data collection exercises. Activities are ongoing to expand the Atlas to non-cyclical vectors and hosts other than cattle.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 72 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 18%
Student > Master 9 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 10%
Lecturer 4 6%
Other 12 17%
Unknown 12 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 25 35%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 16 22%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 11%
Environmental Science 2 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 3%
Other 7 10%
Unknown 12 17%

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