Scientists track cattle to better understand disease

Tanzania
Published:  17 August, 2021
Credit: Aleksandar Todorovic

Scientists have joined forces with farmers in rural Tanzania to track cattle with satellite GPS as part of a University of Glasgow study into how diseases pass between herds.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, aims to develop further understanding of how to create effective strategies for controlling diseases in similar settings, such as foot-and-mouth disease, ovine rinderpest and anthrax, which continue to affect livestock in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rather than blanket vaccination schemes, the results of the study suggest that the most effective strategy could be targeted interventions at specific locations and times.