E.M. Njoroge, E. Zeyhle, J.K. Magambo, P.M.F. Mbithi and J.M. Gathuma. (2004). Evaluation of cost of ultrasound surveys for cystic echinococcosis in goats in a nomadic pastoral community. International Archives of the Hydatidosis Vol. 35 pp. 100-102.

Citation:
PROF. MBITHI PMF. "E.M. Njoroge, E. Zeyhle, J.K. Magambo, P.M.F. Mbithi and J.M. Gathuma. (2004). Evaluation of cost of ultrasound surveys for cystic echinococcosis in goats in a nomadic pastoral community. International Archives of the Hydatidosis Vol. 35 pp. 100-102.". In: 4th TICH Annual Scientific Conference Kisumu, Kenya. AWC and FES; 2004.

Abstract:

A study was carried to evaluate the cots of performing ultrasound surveys I goats in a nomadic set-up. The cost of ultrasound examination was determined by calculating how much money was required to perform a scan per goat. This was based on purchase price of portable ultrasound equipment, clippers/shavers, electric cables, and electric generator. It was also based on recurrent expenditure on items that are used during ultrasound examination. A total of 472 animal were examined I ultrasound, out of which 15 were identified to have cystic echinococcosis. In 12 (80.0%) animals, the cysts were thin-walled unilocular (TCE1) while in 3 (20.0%0 animals, they appeared as thick-walled unilocular structures (TCE4). Calcification appeared as hyper echoic ring in the cyst wall in 1 (6.7%) animal. Multiple unilocular cysts (TCE3) separated by the liver parenchyma were imaged in 13 (86.7%) animals. Single miltiloculated cysts (TCE2) appeared in 1 (6.7%) animal while multiple multiloculated cysts were observed in 1 (6.7%) animal. Cost of ultrasound examination per goat was found to be US$ 0.714. The technique could determine the presence, size, nature and exact location of the Echonococcus cysts. Although the initial cost of ultrasound equipment was high, the running costs were inexpensive compared to other diagnostic tests. The cost of ultrasound examination per animal was however inversely proportional to the number of animals scanned.

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