How Effective Is Dog Culling in Controlling Zoonotic Visceral Leishmaniasis? A Critical Evaluation of the Science, Politics and Ethics Behind This Public Health Policy
Costa, Carlos Henrique Nery
Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical 2011 Mar-Apr; 44(2): 232-42
Zoonotic kala-azar, a lethal disease caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania is considered out of control in parts of the world, particularly in Brazil, where transmission has spread to cities throughout most of the territory and mortality presents an increasing trend. Although a highly debatable measure, the Brazilian government regularly culls seropositive dogs to control the disease. Since control is failing, critical analysis concerning the actions focused on the canine reservoir was conducted.
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