International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Student Project | Agriculture and Animal Sciences | Uganda | Volume 11 Issue 9, September 2022

Prevalence of Porcine Cysticercosis and Farmer's Knowledge and Practices in its Prevention and Control in Mateete Town Council, Sembabule District

Namwanje Faith

Abstract: Porcine cysticercosis (PC) is an important zoonosis in many developing countries. Cysticercosis poses a serious public health concern causing economic losses to pig farmers. There is no available data on the prevalence, knowledge and practices towards the control and prevention of PC in Mateete Town Council. This was a cross-sectional study that aimed at determining the prevalence of PC that based on ante mortem and postmortem inspection in the slaughter slab and assessing the levels of knowledge and practices of pig farmers towards the control and transmission of PC in Mateete Town Council. A total of 105 pigs were examined for cysticercosis cyst at ante mortem and postmortem at the slaughter slab in Mateete Town Council and 250 open ended questionnaires?? were administered to pig farmers and face to face interviews and direct observations. Of the 105 pigs examined 65 were slaughtered in May and 40 in June 2022, all these were inspected and only 3 pigs? carcasses had the cysts (2.9%). The cysts were found under the tongue and in the gluteal muscles. The management systems were observed and that most pigs were intensively reared though semi intensive and free rang were also practiced where contamination of the vegetation with T. solium was possible. Thirty six percent (36%) of the respondents were knowledgeable and 64% not knowledgeable on prevention and control of PC. In addition, majority (59.6%) pig farmers had inappropriate practices on prevention control of PC. The toilet coverage was79%, however 21% of the respondents had no toilets and could either go to open places or even farmlands and neighbors latrines to make calls. PC exists in Sembabule district at a prevalence of 2.9%. Therefore further studies should be out carried to determine prevalence of PC using better test methods like ELISA.

Keywords: Cysticercosis, Mateete, Sembabule

Edition: Volume 11 Issue 9, September 2022,

Pages: 53 - 58

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