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Sleeping sickness or African Trypanosomiasis

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    1st Sep, 2020
  • Togo has become the first country in Africa to eliminate sleeping sickness or African Trypanosomiasis.
  • According to the WHO, sleeping sickness is currently found in 36 sub-Saharan African countries.
  • This is a disease caused by infection with the protozoa Trypanosoma brucei.
  • African trypanosomiasis is transmitted to humans by bites of tsetse fly (found only in rural Africa).
  • Early symptoms include fever, headaches, joint pains and itching.
  • Later stages may include behavioural changes, confusion and poor coordination.
  • Treatment involves drugs to kill the parasites.

Verifying, please be patient.