A cross-sectional study of epizootic lymphangitis in cart-mules in western Ethiopia

Gobena Ameni, Woldu Terefe

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A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine the prevalence of epizootic lymphangitis (EL) in 309 cart-mules (cart-pulling mules) in Bako and Ejaji towns, Western Ethiopia using clinical and microbiological examinations, between November 2002 and April 2003. The overall prevalence was 21% (CI = 16.6-26%). The clinical, histological and mycological characteristics of EL in a cart-mule were similar with those in a horse. There was significant (χ 2 = 133.5, P = 0.001) association between tick infestation and EL lesions in study cart-mules. Amblyoma coherence and Boophilus genera were the ticks collected from lesions of cases of EL, and thus played a predisposing role. In conclusion, our results showed that EL has high prevalence in cart-mules in the two towns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 15 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Cart-mule
  • Epizootic lymphangitis
  • Ethiopia
  • Prevalence
  • Tick infestation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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