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Title: The epidemiology of human brucellosis in the context of zoonotic diseases in Tanzania
Author: Kunda, J. S.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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The study was carried out in Arusha and Manyara regions, Tanzania with the objectives of determining the burden of disease caused by brucellosis, health seeking behaviour and clinical characteristics of brucellosis cases, risk factors for human brucellosis and to evaluate the different diagnostic armoury for human brucellosis. The objectives were achieved through a cross-sectional survey, a hospital based clinical study and a case-control study. Particular problems were observed with the diagnosis and treatment of brucellosis. No standardized diagnostic and treatment protocols were observed. Tests used showed low sensitivities and brucellosis mimicked other febrile conditions common in the study area such as malaria, typhoid, joint diseases and tuberculosis making diagnosis of brucellosis even more difficult. Patients on the other hand delayed to go to hospital which carried a poor prognosis during treatment. In cross-sectional survey brucellosis was found to be more common in agropastoral areas, but during hospital based study it was found to be more common in pastoral than in agropastoral areas. The burden caused by brucellosis is clearly underestimated in Tanzania. More effort on health education and improved diagnosis need to be put.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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