Shaky sheep, tapeworms and ‘ormilo’: Investigating a neurological syndrome of small ruminants in Tanzania
Maasai pastoralist livestock keepers in northern Tanzania have become increasingly concerned about a disease that is causing strange behaviour in their sheep and goats – a disease these animals are eventually dying from. Anecdotal evidence suggested that a dog tapeworm could be the cause, but more research was needed. Last year, PhD student Ellen Hughes travelled to Tanzania to investigate the epidemiology and causes of this important threat to pastoral livelihoods and food security.
Horse and donkey sleeping sickness: investigating equine central nervous system trypanosomosis in The Gambia
It is hard to envisage the world without technology, one in which we are still reliant on working animals for transport and agriculture. Yet, in those parts of the Global South where mechanisation is largely absent, millions of horses and donkeys remain heavily relied upon. However, across Sub-Saharan Africa an unrelenting parasitic disease—trypanosomosis—besets these working animals, with a particularly severe […]
In our College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences we have a brilliant and diverse group of veterinary researchers who split their time between dealing with disease and duelling with data. Among them is Ian Ramsey, Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Academic of the Institute. Primarily a vet, Ian’s research has made him one of the […]