Aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblages of Ghana, west Africa: Understanding the ecology of a neglected tropical disease

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dc.contributor.author Eric Benbow, M.
dc.contributor.author Kimbirauskas, R.
dc.contributor.author McIntosh, M.D.
dc.contributor.author Williamson, H.
dc.contributor.author Quaye, C.
dc.contributor.author Boakye, D.
dc.contributor.author Small, P.L.C.
dc.contributor.author Merritt, R.W.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-23T14:29:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-23T14:29:19Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06
dc.identifier.other Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 168–183
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-013-0886-7
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/25754
dc.description.abstract Buruli ulcer (BU) is an emerging, but neglected tropical disease, where there has been a reported association with disturbed aquatic habitats and proposed aquatic macroinvertebrate vectors such as biting Hemiptera. An initial step in understanding the potential role of macroinvertebrates in the ecology of BU is to better understand the entire community, not just one or two taxa, in relation to the pathogen, Mycobacterium ulcerans, at a large spatial scale. For the first time at a country-wide scale this research documents that M. ulcerans was frequently detected from environmental samples taken from BU endemic regions, but was not present in 30 waterbodies of a non-endemic region. There were significant differences in macroinvertebrate community structure and identified potential indicator taxa in relation to pathogen presence. These results suggest that specific macroinvertebrate taxa or functional metrics may potentially be used as aquatic biological indicators of M. ulcerans. Developing ecological indicators of this pathogen is a first step for understanding the disease ecology of BU and should assist future studies of transmission. © 2013 International Association for Ecology and Health. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher EcoHealth en_US
dc.subject Africa en_US
dc.subject aquatic macroinvertebrates en_US
dc.subject Buruli ulcer en_US
dc.subject disease ecology en_US
dc.subject Mycobacterium ulcerans en_US
dc.subject wetlands en_US
dc.title Aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblages of Ghana, west Africa: Understanding the ecology of a neglected tropical disease en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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    The Department of Parasitology conducts research into parasitic diseases of public health importance with the overall goal of reducing their transmission and the heavy disease burden that they impose on affected populations. The Department maintains focus on parasitic diseases in general. These include major diseases such as malaria, and others listed under the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) control initiative such as, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, trypanosomiasis and leishmaniasis.

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