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Development of a decision support system for trypanocidal drug control of bovine trypanosomosis in Africa

Gu, Y. and Gettinby, G. and McKendrick, Iain and Murray, M. and Peregrine, A. and Revie, C.W. (1999) Development of a decision support system for trypanocidal drug control of bovine trypanosomosis in Africa. Veterinary Parasitology, 87 (1). pp. 9-23. ISSN 0304-4017

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Abstract

During this century livestock production has increased massively through the improved ability to diagnose, treat, control and prevent certain diseases. Despite these advances, disease remains a major constraint to livestock production and welfare throughout the world. In many instances, this is a result of failure to properly apply methods that are already available. TrypsChemo is an expert system that attempts to aid the application of veterinary knowledge to disease management. It has been designed to maximise the effectiveness and cost efficiency of the different trypanocidal drug regimens currently available for prophylaxis and treatment of tsetse-transmitted bovine trypanosomosis in Africa. This paper describes the design of TrypsChemo, the properties of the system, and illustrates how it can be used to support decision making for trypanocidal drug control. The system is currently undergoing a structured evaluation by potential users in Africa.