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Brucella in Tajikistan

zoonotic risks of urbanized livestock in a low-income country

Lindahl Rajala, Elisabeth (2016). Brucella in Tajikistan. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:111
ISBN 978-91-576-8725-8
eISBN 978-91-576-8726-5
[Doctoral thesis]

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One of the most powerful megatrends of our time is urbanization. Urban and peri-urban (UPU) farming is a common practice in many low-income countries because it increases the incomes of families that are often restrained by limited economic resources. However, there is a concern that the growing number of people and livestock living close together in UPU areas will increase the transmission of different zoonotic pathogens such as Brucella. Brucellosis is one of the most common and economically important zoonoses globally and Central Asia represents an area with high incidence among humans and livestock. This thesis aims to assess the occurrence of Brucella among livestock in an UPU area and to elucidate how farmers understand and respond to this zoonosis. The results of this thesis might contribute to raising awareness of how livestock in urban areas can constitute a public health risk if they are infected with Brucella or other zoonoses. The four studies included in this thesis were conducted among small-scale livestock farmers in the UPU region of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Blood samples were collected from 904 dairy cows and 667 sheep and goats and analysed with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). The Brucella seroprevalence was 4.1% among the dairy cows at the herd level and ranged between 1.0% and 15.6% among sheep and goats at the individual level in the four included districts. Furthermore, 564 cow milk samples were analysed for Brucella DNA by IS711-based real-time PCR and 13.7% were found to be positive. All seropositive cows were positive by PCR, but 11.8% of the seronegative cows were also positive by PCR. Further characterization of the Brucella DNA suggests that there is a reservoir of B. abortus in the cattle population and a spillover of B. melitensis from small ruminants to cattle. A knowledge, attitudes and practice study targeting 441 households revealed poor knowledge of brucellosis and several high-risk behaviours, such as consumption of unpasteurized dairy products and not wearing protective clothing when handling potentially infectious materials like aborted foetuses and discharges.

Brucella is widespread among the livestock in the UPU area of Dushanbe and this might constitute a serious risk to public health and cause significant economic losses. The discrepancy between serology and PCR results suggests that implementing complementary diagnostic strategies to detect false serological negative individuals might be warranted in Brucella control programmes. Poor knowledge, several high-risk behaviours and a willingness to learn more provide the rationale for developing campaigns to raise awareness of brucellosis and its associated risks among farmers.

Authors/Creators:Lindahl Rajala, Elisabeth
Title:Brucella in Tajikistan
Subtitle:zoonotic risks of urbanized livestock in a low-income country
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2016
Depositing date:18 November 2016
Number of Pages:66
ILindahl E, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Sattori I, Magnusson U (2014). Seropositivity and risk factors for Brucella in dairy cows in urban and periurban small-scale farming in Tajikistan. Tropical Animal Health and Production 46(3), 563-569.
IILindahl Rajala E, Grahn C, Ljung I, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Magnusson U(2016). Prevalence and risk factors for Brucella seropositivity among sheep and goats in a peri-urban region of Tajikistan. Tropical Animal Health and Production 48(3), 553-558.
IIILindahl Rajala E, Hoffman T, Fretin D, Godfroid J, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Lundkvist Å, Magnusson U. Detection and characterization of Brucella spp. in bovine milk in small-scale urban and peri-urban farming in Tajikistan. Submitted manuscript.
IVLindahl E, Sattorov N, Boqvist S, Magnusson U (2015). A study of knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to brucellosis among small-scale dairy farmers in an urban and peri-urban area of Tajikistan. PLoS One 10(2), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0117318.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-8725-8
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-8726-5
Additional Information:Financial support was provided by UD40.
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L73 Animal diseases
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Other Veterinary Science
Agrovoc terms:brucella, zoonoses, urban agriculture, suburban agriculture, elisa, pcr, animal husbandry, animal diseases
Keywords:Brucella, Tajikistan, Zoonoses, Urban farming, Peri-urban farming, KAP
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ID Code:13851
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: Elisabeth Lindahl Rajala
Deposited On:18 Nov 2016 13:04
Metadata Last Modified:26 Oct 2020 01:53

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