Trypanosomiasis in Rams in Kaduna State Nigeria
Rams meant for sale during the Eid-el-Kabir period in two markets were examined and screened for trypanosomes as part of a Participatory Disease Surveillance. Clinical examination of the animals revealed respiratory infections. Focus group interviews using participatory epidemiological tools also confirmed respiratory problems as the chief clinical symptom of disease. A total of 65 animals were screened using the hematocrit, buffy coat methods as well as thin and thick blood smears. The role and effect of the disease entities in these animals were discussed.
Key words: Trypanosomes, rams, livestock market, participatory epidemiology, Nigeria.