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Senegal's Niayes region puts to sleep the tsetse fly

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Tsetse fly from Burkina Faso
Tsetse fly from Burkina Faso International Atomic Energy Agency

98 percent of Tsetse flies have been eradicated from an infested area in Senegal.It's a victory other countries on the continent will be keen to replicate although the work is still on-going.Tsetse flies spread trypanosomiasis or sleepy sickness in humans and cattle and kills more than three million livestock in sub-Saharan Africa every year.Although Tsetse flies are no bigger than a house fly, they remain a huge obstacle to farming livestock and milk production, impacting the livelihoods of farmers.Now after more than 10 years, the wild flies have been successfully wiped out in an area of Senegal thanks to the gradual release of sterile males reared in laboratories in Europe and Africa.Emmanuelle Landais has this report from Dakar.Click the 'play' button above to listen or subscribe to our podcast by searching 'rfi international report'.

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