Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 291–299

Estimated direct economic costs associated with tick-borne diseases on cattle in Tanzania

Original Article


Tick-borne diseases, namely, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, cowdriosis and theileriosis, constrain cattle production and improvement in Tanzania, leading to considerable economic losses. A simple spreadsheet model was used to estimate the economic losses resulting from production losses, treatment and control costs associated with tick-borne diseases (TBD) in Tanzania. Model parameters included the national cattle population, reported TBD morbidity, fatality risk, and chemotherapy and control measures used. The total annual national loss due TBD was estimated to be 364 million USD, including an estimated mortality of 1.3 million cattle. Theileriosis accounted for 68% of the total loss, while anaplasmosis and babesiosis each accounted for 13% and cowdriosis accounted for 6% of the total loss. Costs associated with mortality, chemotherapy and acaricide application accounted for 49%, 21% and 14% of the total estimated annual TBD losses, respectively, infection and treatment method milk loss and weight loss accounted for 1%, 6% and 9% of the total annual loss, respectively. Despite the inadequacies of the data used, the results give evidence that tick-borne diseases inflict substantial economic losses on cattle production and resource use in Tanzania.


Disease costs Economics Tick-borne disease Tanzania 



animal diseases research institute


East coast fever


infection and treatment method


Ministry of agriculture and cooperatives


tick-borne diseases


US dollars


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© Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Population StudiesAnimal Diseases Research InstituteDar es SalaamTanzania

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