The sequential aerosol technique: A major component in an integrated strategy of intervention against riverine tsetse in Ghana

Adam Yahaya, Cecchi Giuliano, Kgori Patrick M., Marcotty Tanguy, Mahama Charles I., Abavana Martin, Anderson Benita, Paone Massimo, Mattioli Raffaele C., Bouyer Jérémy. 2013. The sequential aerosol technique: A major component in an integrated strategy of intervention against riverine tsetse in Ghana. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 7 (3):e2135, 9 p.

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Abstract : Background: An integrated strategy of intervention against tsetse flies was implemented in the Upper West Region of Ghana (9.62u-11.00u N, 1.40u-2.76u W), covering an area of <18,000 km2 within the framework of the Pan-African Tsetse and Trypanosomosis Eradication Campaign. Two species were targeted: Glossina tachinoides and Glossina palpalis gambiensis. Methodology/Principal Findings: The objectives were to test the potentiality of the sequential aerosol technique (SAT) to eliminate riverine tsetse species in a challenging subsection (dense tree canopy and high tsetse densities) of the total sprayed area (6,745 km2) and the subsequent efficacy of an integrated strategy including ground spraying (<100 km2), insecticide treated targets (20,000) and insecticide treated cattle (45,000) in sustaining the results of tsetse suppression in the whole intervention area. The aerial application of low-dosage deltamethrin aerosols (0.33-0.35 g a.i/ha) was conducted along the three main rivers using five custom designed fixed-wings Turbo thrush aircraft. The impact of SAT on tsetse densities was monitored using 30 biconical traps deployed from two weeks before until two weeks after the operations. Results of the SAT monitoring indicated an overall reduction rate of 98% (from a pre-intervention mean apparent density per trap per day (ADT) of 16.7 to 0.3 at the end of the fourth and last cycle). One year after the SAT operations, a second survey using 200 biconical traps set in 20 sites during 3 weeks was conducted throughout the intervention area to measure the impact of the integrated control strategy. Both target species were still detected, albeit at very low densities (ADT of 0.27 inside sprayed blocks and 0.10 outside sprayed blocks). Conclusions/Significance: The SAT operations failed to achieve elimination in the monitored section, but the subsequent integrated strategy maintained high levels of suppression throughout the intervention area, which will contribute to improving animal health, increasing animal production and fostering food security. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Glossinidae, Glossina tachinoides, Glossina palpalis, Lutte chimique, Insecticide, Méthode de lutte, Distribution géographique, Pulvérisation, Aérosol, Contrôle de maladies

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Ghana

Mots-clés complémentaires : Controle, Éradication

Classification Agris : L72 - Pests of animals
L70 - Veterinary science and hygiene - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 4 (2005-2013) - Santé animale et maladies émergentes

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Adam Yahaya, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Ghana) (GHA)
  • Cecchi Giuliano, FAO (ITA)
  • Kgori Patrick M., Ministère de l'agriculture (Botswana) (BWA)
  • Marcotty Tanguy, Institute of Tropical Medicine (BEL)
  • Mahama Charles I., Veterinary services department (GHA)
  • Abavana Martin, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Ghana) (GHA)
  • Anderson Benita, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Ghana) (GHA)
  • Paone Massimo, FAO (ITA)
  • Mattioli Raffaele C., FAO (ITA)
  • Bouyer Jérémy, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR CMAEE (SEN) ORCID: 0000-0002-1913-416X

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