Prospects for controlling trypanosomosis

Onderstepoort J Vet Res. 2009 Mar;76(1):41-5. doi: 10.4102/ojvr.v76i1.62.


The best technical package for the future comprises trypanocidal drugs for temporary relief and the use of insecticide-treated cattle, artificial baits and aerial spraying to attack the vector, to so give more lasting security. Whether this can speed the previously slow progress will depend on overcoming past hindrances to tsetse control: sporadic support, disputes over its desirability, difficulties of sustaining international operations, and poor planning in some instances. The Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Campaign intends to speed the progress but will fail unless it improves its image by breaking its association with the sterile insect technique and quickly executing some cheap and effective operations in large areas. Even then, there could be severe brakes due to Africa's political and financial instability. Overall, the pace of control is likely to increase, but perhaps only a little.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Husbandry / methods
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Humans
  • Insect Control / economics
  • Insect Control / methods*
  • Insecticides / pharmacology
  • International Cooperation
  • Trypanocidal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Trypanosomiasis / drug therapy
  • Trypanosomiasis / epidemiology
  • Trypanosomiasis / prevention & control
  • Trypanosomiasis / veterinary*
  • Trypanosomiasis, Bovine / epidemiology
  • Trypanosomiasis, Bovine / prevention & control*
  • Tsetse Flies / drug effects*
  • Tsetse Flies / parasitology*


  • Insecticides
  • Trypanocidal Agents