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Seminar 11: Trypanosomiasis in Humans and Animals – A Malaysian Perspective

by: Dr. Chandrawathani Panchadcharam DVM. MSc. PhD.
Deputy Director,
Veterinary Research Institute, Ipoh
DATE: 17 July 2013 (Wednesday)
TIME: 3 – 4 p.m
VENUE: Lecture Room 4, Applied Sciences Building, QIUP


Trypanosomiasis or Surra has been reported regularly in animals in Malaysia. It is caused by Trypanosoma evansi affecting all species of animals especially cattle, buffaloes, deer, horses and pigs. Tyrpanosomiasis is diagnosed by mice inoculation test, thin blood smears as well as serologically and by molecular methods.  About 20-40% of samples submitted to VRI tested positive for trypanosmomiasis in local livestock based on the season and management of animals. As Trypanosomiasis is transmitted by biting flies in animals, control of the vector plays an important role in managing the disease. Trypanosma lewisi has been reported in humans in Asia and further information on its prevalence is under study.

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