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Studies on mastitis, milk quality and health risks associated with consumption of milk from pastoral herds in Dodoma and Morogoro regions, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Karimuribo, E.D
dc.contributor.author Kusiluka, L.J
dc.contributor.author Mdegela, R.H
dc.contributor.author Kapag, A.M
dc.contributor.author Sindato, C
dc.contributor.author Kambarage, D.M
dc.date.accessioned 2017-04-06T08:03:03Z
dc.date.available 2017-04-06T08:03:03Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/1396
dc.description Journal of Veterinary Science, 2005; 6 (3): 213–221 en_US
dc.description.abstract The prevalence of mastitis, milk quality and health risks associated with milk consumption were investigated on 96 randomly selected traditional herds in Dodoma rural and Mvomero districts of Tanzania. Mastitis was investigated based on clinical signs, microbiology and California mastitis test (CMT), while milk quality was evaluated using total viable count (TVC) and total coliform count (TCC). Animals were tested for tuberculosis using a single comparative intradermal tuberculin test. The prevalence of subclinical mastitis based on CMT was low (8.3%). The major isolates were Staphylococcus aureus (35.3%), other staphylococci (20.8%), coliforms (27.7%), microcci (5.8%) and streptococci (9.8%). The average TVC of milk in Dodoma rural district (1.0 × 107± 3.4 × 107) was significantly higher than that in Mvomero district (8.9 × 105± 3.5 × 106) (p < 0.001) and the proportion of TCC-positive samples in Dodoma (70.7%) were significantly higher (p < 0.001) than that of Mvomero samples (20.8%). Whereas no tuberculin reactor animal was detected in the study animals, atypical mycobacteria were isolated from milk and one sample from Dodoma had Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Knowledge on health risks associated with milk consumption was low (20.8%). It is concluded that lack of awareness on health risks associated with milk consumption amongst rural communities needs to be addressed in order to safeguard their health. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Health risks en_US
dc.subject Mastitis en_US
dc.subject Milk quality en_US
dc.subject Pastoral cattle en_US
dc.title Studies on mastitis, milk quality and health risks associated with consumption of milk from pastoral herds in Dodoma and Morogoro regions, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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