The fly that poisons Africa
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CTA. 2005. The fly that poisons Africa. Spore 118. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Of the 42 poorest countries on the planet, 32 are African and play unwilling host to an uninvited guest the tsetse fly, which transmits the trypanosome parasite to humans and livestock alike, resulting in sleeping sickness or trypanosomiasis. In Afric
Of the 42 poorest countries on the planet, 32 are African and play unwilling host to an uninvited guest the tsetse fly, which transmits the trypanosome parasite to humans and livestock alike, resulting in sleeping sickness or trypanosomiasis. In Africa, this disease kills a hundred people every day and leads to production losses estimated at an annual 5 billion, caused by weakness or death of livestock (cattle, sheep and goats). The presence of the disease on the continent partially explains the food security problems of the countries concerned. The tsetse fly also causes difficulties for animal traction, which is used on between 5 to 10% of farms. Published by the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), the French agricultural research institute, The Educational Tsetse Fly, offers a very visual interpretation of the combined know-how of entomologists, parasitologists, doctors and veterinarians. Available in both English and French, the book, which is presented in the form of an accordian, has 56 pages, each containing short explanatory texts accompanied by copious illustrations. It is aimed at a wide audience, ranging from public, animal health and rural development officials in Africa to donor or NGO staff and just about anyone interested in a rapid guide to the many aspects of this important subject. The Educational Tsetse Fly By M Launois, G Charbonnier, G Garcia Laveissière, D Cuisance, G Duvallet Coll. Les savoirs partagés CEVA/CIRAD/CIRDES/CTA/DGCID/ Université Paul Valéry 2004, 56 pp. ISBN 2 87614 585 5 CTA number 1231 20 credit points