The Burden of Livestock Parasites on the Poor

Trends Parasitol. 2015 Nov;31(11):527-530. doi: 10.1016/


Parasitic diseases of humans and livestock are ubiquitous in the developing world and have substantial impacts on human wellbeing. For the estimated one billion people living in poverty who rely on livestock for their livelihoods, parasites steal valuable nutritional resources through multiple pathways. This diversion of nutrients ultimately contributes to chronic malnutrition, greater human disease burdens, and decreased productivity of both humans and livestock.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Husbandry / economics
  • Animals
  • Developing Countries / economics
  • Humans
  • Livestock / parasitology*
  • Nutritive Value
  • Parasitic Diseases, Animal / economics*
  • Poverty*