Cattle and Nematodes Under Global Change: Transmission Models as an Ally

Sien H. Verschave, Johannes Charlier, Hannah Rose, Edwin Claerebout, Eric R Morgan

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Nematode infections are an important economic constraint to cattle farming. Future risk levels and transmission dynamics will be affected by changes in climate and farm management. The prospect of altered parasite epidemiology in combination with anthelmintic resistance requires the adaptation of current control approaches. Mathematical models that simulate disease dynamics under changing climate and farm management can help to guide the optimization of helminth control strategies. Recent efforts have increasingly employed such models to assess the impact of predicted climate scenarios on future infection pressure for gastrointestinal nematodes (GINs) in cattle, and to evaluate possible adaptive control measures. This review aims to consolidate progress in this field to facilitate further modeling and application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-738
Number of pages16
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Issue number9
Early online date30 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


  • model
  • gastrointestinal nematode
  • ruminant
  • climate
  • farm management
  • epidemiology


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