ANALYSIS OF THE POSTMORTEM DIAGNOSIS OF BOVINE CYSTICERCOSIS IN KENYAN CATTLE

Citation:
KIAMBI PROFKANGETHEE. "ANALYSIS OF THE POSTMORTEM DIAGNOSIS OF BOVINE CYSTICERCOSIS IN KENYAN CATTLE.". In: journal. Kisipan, M.L.; 2003.

Abstract:

A total of 55 cattle divided into two groups of experimentally (n=30) and naturally (n=25) infected animals were used to study the reliability of meat inspection methods in Kenya. Total dissection was used as the gold standard to indicate absence or presence of bovine cysticercosis infection in cattle. The level of agreement between the two methods was on average lower in naturally infected animals than in artificially infected calves. This was because in natural infections, there was more light infections than in experimentally infections and these could not be detected in meat inspection method. The results further confirm that in spite of the time and effort taken by meat inspectors in looking for cysticerci at predilection sites, this method is very insensitive. It was therefore recommended that more parts of the carcass not naturally inspected according to the Kenya Meat Control Act (cap 356 of 1977) for bovine cysticercosis such as the lungs, hind legs, ribs and liver need to be considered as possible and equally important predilection sites and larger areas of these predilection sites should be examined. However, other better sensitive ante-mortem diagnostic methods should be developed to assist in the integrated management of the infection.

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