Incidence and economic impact of rabies in the cattle population of Ethiopia

Tariku Jibat*, Monique C.M. Mourits, Henk Hogeveen

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Rabies is a viral disease that can cause fatal encephalomyelitis both in animals and humans. Although incidences of the disease in cattle have been reported, insight in the economic impact of the disease in livestock remains limited. By affecting cattle in subsistence systems, rabies may have extensive economic impacts at household and country levels, in addition to the effects on human health. This study presents estimates of the direct economic impact of rabies at herd level in two representative subsistence cattle-farming systems in Ethiopia, the mixed crop-livestock and pastoral production systems. The economic impacts were assessed by a structured questionnaire administered to 532 cattle-owning households. These households were selected from four districts within two administrative zones; each zone representing a cattle production system. Rabies incidence rates of 21% and 11% at herd level were calculated for the mixed crop-livestock and pastoral production systems, respectively. The incidence rate at cattle level was the same in both systems., i.e. 2%. Herd-level incidence rates were higher in the mixed crop-livestock system than in the pastoral system (P 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-76
JournalPreventive Veterinary Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Cattle
  • Economic impact
  • Ethiopia
  • Livestock
  • Rabies
  • Subsistence


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