Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 103–109

Risk behaviours for milk-borne diseases transmission along the milk chain in The Gambia and Senegal

Original Research

DOI: 10.1007/s11250-010-9660-9

Cite this article as:
Bankole, A.A., Secka, A. & Ly, C. Trop Anim Health Prod (2011) 43: 103. doi:10.1007/s11250-010-9660-9


The objective of this study was the characterisation of the traditional milk chain in Western Region (The Gambia) and Kolda (Southern Senegal); and the analysis of milk chain actors' risk behaviours for milk-borne diseases transmission. For this purpose, cattle herds involved in milk production, milk collectors, milk vendors and small-scale milk processing units were surveyed in the two study sites. A similar general milk chain organisation was found in the two sites with some particularities in farm management, compliance with hygienic measures at different levels, treatment of milk and milk consumption patterns. This results in a variable degree of risk of consumers' exposure to milk-borne diseases. Although the quality of the milk has been improved with the development of small-scale milk processing units, serious efforts are still needed with respect to pasteurisation procedure and to change the mindset of consumers who prefer in their majority drinking raw milk, fresh or soured, without any prior treatment.


Milk chain actors Milk-borne diseases Milk consumption Pasteurisation Risk 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anani Adeniran Bankole
    • 1
  • Arss Secka
    • 1
  • Cheikh Ly
    • 2
  1. 1.International Trypanotolerance Centre (ITC)BanjulThe Gambia
  2. 2.Department of Biological Sciences and Animal productionInter-States School of Veterinary Sciences and Medicine (EISMV)Dakar-FannSenegal

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