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Bovine Cysticercosis in Cattle Slaughtered at Zeway Municipal Abattoir:Prevalence and its Public Health Importance | OMICS International | Abstract
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Research Article

Bovine Cysticercosis in Cattle Slaughtered at Zeway Municipal Abattoir:Prevalence and its Public Health Importance

Hussein Bedu1, Ketema Tafess2*, Birhanu Shelima3, Desalegn Woldeyohannes2, Bemnet Amare2 and Afework Kassu2

1University of Gondar, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

2University of Gondar, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology

3Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Centre, Oromia, Ethiopia

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Ketema Tafess
University of Gondar
College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Microbiology
Immunology and Parasitology
P.O.Box 196, Gondar, Ethiopia
Tel: +251-911-746258
Email: [email protected]

Received date: August 28, 2011; Accepted date: September 21, 2011; Published date: September 26, 2011

Citation: Bedu H, Tafess K, Shelima B, Woldeyohannes D, Amare B, et al. (2011) Bovine Cysticercosis in Cattle Slaughtered at Zeway Municipal Abattoir: Prevalence and its Public Health Importance. J Veterinar Sci Technol 2:108. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000108

Copyright: © 2011 Bedu H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


A cross-sectional study on bovine cysticercosis was conducted at Zeway municipal abattoir from November 2010 to March 2011 with the main objectives of determining the prevalence of cysticercosis in animals, taeniasis in human and estimates the worth of taeniasis treatment in Zeway/Batu town. Active abattoir and questionnaire survey and inventory of pharmaceutical shops were performed to accomplish the study. Out of the total 400 inspected animals, 12 animals had variable number of Cysticercus bovis giving an overall prevalence of 12 (3%). Anatomical distribution of the cyst showed that the highest proportions of C.bovis cyst were observed in tongue 33 (34.4%) followed by heart 27 (28.1%), triceps 21 (21.9%) and masseter muscle 15(15.6%). A total of 96 C. bovis were collected during the inspection; out of these, 32 (33.3%) were found to be live cysts while 64 (66.7%) were degenerative cysts. Of the total 120 interviewed respondents, 68 (56.7%) had contracted T. saginata infection at least once in their life time. Human taeniasis prevalence showed significant difference (p<0.05) with habit of raw meat consumption, sex and use of latrine. Accordingly frequent raw meat consumers (OR=10.71, 95%CI [1.54-74.42], male individuals (OR=2.15, 95% CI [0.95-4.88] and non latrine users (OR=4.40, 95% CI [1.58-12.45] had higher odds for acquiring taeniasis than occasional meat consumer, female and latrine users, respectively. An inventory of taeniacidal drugs from private pharmacies, rural drug venders, clinics and public health centers indicate that drugs worth of 110,560 Ethiopian birr was sold in the past one year (2009/10). Therefore, attention should be given for awareness creation for people not to consume raw meat and to use latrine to decrease the contamination of grazing areas.


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