Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 40, Issue 7, pp 501–508 | Cite as

A cross-sectional study of bovine tuberculosis in the transhumant and agro-pastoral cattle herds in the border areas of Katakwi and Moroto districts, Uganda

  • F. O. Inangolet
  • B. Demelash
  • J. Oloya
  • J. Opuda-Asibo
  • E. Skjerve
Original Paper


A study to determine the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in the transhumant and agro-pastoral cattle herds in the border areas of Katakwi and Moroto districts in Uganda was carried out from July 2006 to January 2007 using comparative intradermal tuberculin test containing bovine and avian PPDs. A total of 1470 animals, 612 (41.6%) males and 858 (58.4%) females, 883 (60%) young, 555 (37.8%) adult and 32 (2.2%) old animals were included. The study involved a cross-sectional multistage sampling technique with random selection of individual animals from a herd. The results revealed a 1.3% overall prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle herds in the study area, with a marked variation between sub-counties. The highest recorded prevalence was 6.0% in Kapujan, while no cases were recorded in Ongogonja, Magoro and Katakwi sub-counties. Distinctly different patterns in the avian-bovine reactions were also found in different sub-counties. A multivariate logistic regression showed more positive reactions (OR = 6.3; 95%CI (1.4–26.34) in females than males. BTB prevalence did not differ significantly between cattle maintained in pastoral and agro pastoral production systems. The study demonstrated a relatively low prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in local zebu cattle reared under traditional husbandry systems in Uganda, suggesting low infectiousness of the disease under such mode of production. The risk associated with the consumption of raw milk among the pastoral communities and that, the pooling of milk together from different animals is a common practice, warrants more investigation into the zoonotic transmission of tuberculosis within these communities.


PPD tuberculin reactors Bovine tuberculosis Cattle Katakwi Moroto Uganda 



The authors would like to thank the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science for financial support through the Quota Scholarship scheme. We are also grateful to the farmers and cattle owners for providing us the necessary information during the field work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. O. Inangolet
    • 1
  • B. Demelash
    • 1
  • J. Oloya
    • 2
  • J. Opuda-Asibo
    • 2
  • E. Skjerve
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Epidemiology and BiostatisticsNorwegian School of Veterinary ScienceOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive MedicineMakerere UniversityKampalaUganda

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