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Table 2 Variables selected for inclusion in the MCA, and there classifications

From: Assessment of animal African trypanosomiasis (AAT) vulnerability in cattle-owning communities of sub-Saharan Africa

  Variable Classification
Exposure Perceived incidence in the community Whether the majority of cattle-owners reported AAT challenge as “rare”, “frequent” or “constant”
Seasonality Whether the majority of cattle-owners reported a seasonal effect of AAT
Sensitivity Cattle breeds Whether any cattle-owners owned Bos Indicus (trypanotolerant) or crossbreeds (partial trypanotolerance)
Main cattle rearing systems Whether farmers in the community were practicing tethering in addition to communal-grazing
Tsetse control present Whether at least 40 % of cattle-owning households reported existence of any form of tsetse control method in the community
Herd size Average herd size in the community classified into 3 bins of equal size
Treatment failure Whether the majority of farmers reported that treatment failure is “never” “rare” or “frequent”
Treatment Whether farmers report that they treat the disease themselves, or whether they rely on trained animal health workers, veterinary assistants or similar.
Capacity to adapt Insecticide treated cattle (ITC) Whether cattle-owning households reported the use of ITC as a measure of tsetse control in the community
Tsetse control present Whether cattle-owning households reported existence of any tsetse trapping in the community
Farmer knowledge of AAT control Whether the majority of farmers could recognise a picture of a tsetse trap and/or name tsetse control measures
Losses to draft Whether the majority of cattle-owning households report that AAT impacts their livelihood due to reductions in draft power
Reported mortalities Average number of mortalities reported by cattle owning households categorised into three bins
Importance of cattle in the community Whether the majority of cattle-owning households (>60 %) reported livestock as the primary agricultural income source, or if cropping or mixed farming systems are considered more important