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  • Sleeping Sickness

    Sleeping sickness, also called "human African trypanosomiasis", is a widespread tropical disease that can be fatal if not treated. It is spread by the bite of an infected tsetse fly (Glossina Genus), a species native to the African continent. Sixty million people who live mainly in rural parts of East, West and Central Africa are at risk of contracting sleeping sickness. Anxiety,Drowsiness during the dayFever Headache Insomnia at nightMood changes Sleepiness (may be uncontrollable)SweatinSwollen lymph nodes all over the bodySwollen, red, painful nodule at site of fly bite Weakness.

  • Sleeping Sickness

    Treatment: Pentamidine injections protect against T. b. gambiense. But not against T. b. rhodesiense . Because this medicine is toxic, using it for prevention is not recommended.Insect control measures can help prevent the spread of sleeping sickness in high-risk areas.

  • Sleeping Sickness

    Statistics: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 98 percent of reported cases are caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, which is found in western and central Africa. The other 2 percent of cases are caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, which is found in eastern and southern Africa. In 2013, 89 percent of all cases reported were in the Democratic Republic of Congo.In 2013, 6,314 cases of sleeping sickness were recorded. However, the WHO believes this to be a fraction of the real number, with cases closer to 20,000 per year.

  • Sleeping Sickness

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 98 percent of reported cases are caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, which is found in western and central Africa. The other 2 percent of cases are caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, which is found in eastern and southern Africa. In 2013, 89 percent of all cases reported were in the Democratic Republic of Congo.In 2013, 6,314 cases of sleeping sickness were recorded. However, the WHO believes this to be a fraction of the real number, with cases closer to 20,000 per year.
     

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