The tsetse fly

Links and resources The vector tsetse fly Trypanosomiasis is transmitted to man and animals by a blood sucking insect, the tsetse fly.

A cheaper approach is to place cattle urine in a half gourd near the trap. Tsetse flies are arranged taxonomically and ecologically into three groups: In woodland environmentsmale tsetse flies are responsible for the majority of attacks on humans; the females usually feed on larger animals.

The method has been found to totally eradicate The tsetse fly flies in localities where their populations have already been significantly reduced by conventional methods. Eradication from areas where the disease was a cause of epidemics enabled settlement or resettlement and the development of livestock production.

Synthetic versions of these chemicals can create artificial odor plumes. Procyclins are proteins developed in the surface coating of trypanosomes whilst in their tsetse fly vector.

In the late 18th century, the Kotokoli Muslims of Togo held a special ritual in order for their child to have a prosperous life. The traps are just the entry point, followed by improved farming, human health and marketing inputs.

Historically, the widespread presence of the tsetse fly inhibited human settlement and agriculture in large areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Meiosis The tsetse fly within the salivary glands of the tsetse fly and is thought to be a normal part of development.

Tsetse are believed to be extremely old insects since fossil tsetse have been identified from the Florissant Fossil Beds in Colorado and some species have also been described in Arabia.

Exposure to gamma radiation in laboratory facilities renders the flies sterile but does not interfere with their ability to mate. A study used population growth models, physiological data, and ethnographic data to examine pre-colonial agricultural practices and isolate the effects of the fly.

Glossina, tik-tik fly, tse-tse fly Tsetse fly, genus Glossinaalso spelled tse-tse, also called tik-tik fly, any of about two to three dozen species of bloodsucking flies in the housefly family, Muscidae order Dipterathat occur only in Africa and transmit sleeping sickness African trypanosomiasis in humans and a similar disease called nagana in domestic animals.

These diseases reduce the growth rate, milk productivity, and strength of farm animals, generally leading to the eventual death of the infected animals. Glossina are efficient vectors and are responsible for linking these organisms and any reduction of their numbers should lead to significantly reduced transmission and hence contribute to HAT elimination and the sustainability of control efforts.

Control[ edit ] The conquest of sleeping sickness and nagana would be of immense benefit to rural development and contribute to poverty alleviation and improved food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Tsetse fly

A bristlelike appendage arista on each antenna bears one row of long, branched hairs on its upper edge, differentiating the tsetse fly from all other flies. In general, tsetse fly activity declines soon after sunset.

Tsetse flies include all the species in the genus Glossina. This disease is invariably fatal unless treated but can almost always be cured with current medicines, if the disease is diagnosed early enough.

tsetse fly

The traps can kill by channeling the flies into a collection chamber or by exposing the flies to insecticide sprayed on the cloth.

Tsetse are also attracted to large dark colors like the hides of cow and buffaloes. The trypanosomes infectious to animals and not to humans were named Trypanosoma brucei brucei.

These often use electric blue cloth, since this color attracts the flies. The stiff, piercing mouthparts, directed downward as the fly bites, are held horizontally at other times. By the mids, however, human African trypanosomiasis was largely under control. Tsetse flies are robustsparsely bristled insects that usually range from 6 to 16 mm 0.

Trapping of flies, control by natural parasites, and the spraying or other application of insecticides usually reduce fly populations in a locality but have difficulty eliminating them altogether.

The abdomen may be banded. The species Trypanosoma brucei, which causes the disease, has often been subdivided into three subspecies that were identified based either on the vertebrate hosts which the strain could infect or on the virulence of the disease in humans.

This characterization has always been problematic but was the best that could be done given the knowledge of the time and the tools available for identification.Apr 24,  · Researchers have sequenced the genome of the tsetse fly and say it provides some clues on how to battle African "sleeping sickness.".

The vector (tsetse fly) Trypanosomiasis is transmitted to man and animals by a blood sucking insect, the tsetse fly. Tsetse flies include all the species in the genus Glossina.

The vector (tsetse fly)

The word "tsetse" means "fly" in Tswana, and refers to all 23 species of the fly genus Glossina. Tsetse flies feed on the blood of vertebrate animals, including humans, and in doing so, transmit the sleeping sickness parasite from infected animals to. Tsetse fly: Tsetse fly, (genus Glossina), any of about two to three dozen species of bloodsucking flies in the housefly family, Muscidae (order Diptera), that occur only in Africa and transmit sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis) in humans and a similar disease called nagana in domestic animals.

Tsetse fly definition is - any of several dipteran flies (genus Glossina) that occur in Africa south of the Sahara and include vectors of human and .

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