Journal of the South African Veterinary Association
On-line version ISSN 2224-9435
MATOS, C et al. A pilot study of common health problems in smallholder pigs in Angónia and Boane districts, Mozambique. J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. [online]. 2011, vol.82, n.3, pp. 166-169. ISSN 2224-9435.
A pilot survey was conducted in 2 districts in Mozambique to determine the most important health problems facing smallholder pig producers. While African swine fever is the most serious disease that affects pigs at all levels of production in Mozambique, it is likely that productivity is reduced by the presence of mange and gastrointestinal parasites, while in traditional systems the conditions are favourable for the development of porcine cysticercosis caused by the pork tapeworm Taenia solium, which poses a health risk to communities. Results of the pilot survey confirmed that, with the exception of African swine fever, ecto- and endoparasites are probably the most important health risks for producers. Porcine cysticercosis is more prevalent among pigs in traditional, free-ranging systems, while mange becomes a serious factor when pigs are permanently confined.
Keywords : African swine fever; Mozambique; parasites; pig; porcine cysticercosis; smallholders.