The Potential use of Plant Anthelmintics for the Control of Livestock Helminthoses in Kenya
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Helminthoses are a major constraint to livestock production in Kenya. The control of these infections by the use of synthetic anthelmintics is constrained by a number of problems that include; lack of foreign exchange to import them, development of anthelmintic resistance, lack of finance to purchase them, unavailability and misuse due to lack of appropriate information. The use of plant anthelmintics would be a rational alternative to bridge these shortfalls. In some tropical countries, research work has been carried out to validate this possibility. In order to integrate plant anthelmintics in the overall helminth control in Kenya, there is a need to document research findings on indigenous knowledge, through carrying out experiments to determine efficacy, toxicity and optimum dosage rates. In addition, Isolation and identification of active ingredients using current laboratory techniques will be a critical milestone.
CitationThe Kenya Veterinarian VOL. 26 (2004)
Department of clinical studiesDepartment of Public Health, pharmacology and Toxicology