PMID: 44099Dec 1, 1979

A trypanosomiasis survey of wild animals in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia

Acta Tropica
J S Dillmann, A J Townsend


Between 1971 and 1974 546 wild animals of 34 species were examined for trypanosomes; 79 infections (9 mixed) were diagnosed and 29 stocks were cryopreserved. Of 14 stocks of the subgenus Trypanozoon tested by the blood incubation infectivity test three (two from Kobus ellipsiprymnus and one from Phacochoerus aethiopicus) retained their infectivity to rodents. There are indications that the number of animals harbouring trypanosomes is far in excess of those showing detectable parasitaemias even when using a combination of diagnostic methods. The standard microhaematocrit method involving microscopic examination of the buffy layer from a microhaematocrit tube between a slide and coverslip, and the inoculation of experimental animals produced the most satisfactory results.

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