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An initial survey of the cattle grub Dermatobia hominis (L. Jr.) in Nicaragua.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14623415     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
After the civil war and the Hurricane-Mitch disaster, cattlemen in Nicaragua were forced to transport their cattle from lowland areas to higher, dryer areas of the country. These areas are natural ecological niches for the cattle grub Dermatobia hominis (L. Jr.) (Diptera: Cuterebridae). To determine the importance of this infestation, the Agricultural and Livestock-Forestry Ministry selected a central area of Nicaragua to run a pioneer survey program to acquire information about hosts involved, number of cases, treatments applied and general knowledge of 42 farmers about the life cycle of the parasite. The subjects were either farm owners or farm managers. Ninety-five percentage of the farms indicated cases of D. hominis infestation in their animals, with cattle being the most affected host (100% of the affected farms). There was poor understanding of the D. hominis life cycle, vectors and control methods. A misuse of insecticides for the treatment of larval infestation by D. hominis was indicated.
Mario A Villarino; Omar Garcia; Weyman Fussell; Kelly Preston; Gale G Wagner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Preventive veterinary medicine     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0167-5877     ISO Abbreviation:  Prev. Vet. Med.     Publication Date:  2003 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-19     Completed Date:  2004-01-15     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8217463     Medline TA:  Prev Vet Med     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A and M University, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Husbandry*
Cattle Diseases / epidemiology*,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Ectoparasitic Infestations / epidemiology,  prevention & control,  veterinary*
Nicaragua / epidemiology
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