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What is african sleeping sickness?

What is african sleeping sickness?

Trypanosoma brucei : African sleeping sickness is made up of two serious blood borne diseasse transmitted by the tsetse fly which can be lethal. East african trypanosomiasis is caused by trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. West african trypanosomiasis (gambian sleeping sickness) is caused by trypanosoma brucei gambiense. ...Read more

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What is african sleeping sickness?

What is  african sleeping sickness?

Bloodborne illness.: African sleeping sickness is serious blood borne disease transmitted by the tsetse fly which can be lethal. East african trypanosomiasis is caused by trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. West african trypanosomiasis (gambian sleeping sickness) is caused by trypanosoma brucei gambiense. There is no geographic overlap. ...Read more

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What causes death in african sleeping sickness?

What causes death in african sleeping sickness?

Coma: The t. Brucei organisms can cross the blood-brain barrier leading to confusion, severe fatigue, sleep reversal, reduced coordination, coma & death. ...Read more

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How does African sleeping sickness affect human skin?

How does African sleeping sickness affect human skin?

African Sleeping: Sickness. People w Trypanosoma Brucei infection may develop a chancre in area of Tsetse fly bite. Itching of skin is also common. ...Read more

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Are there different types of african sleeping sickness?

Are there different types of african sleeping sickness?

Two types: There are two types, one caused by trypanosoma brucei gambiense and the other caused by trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. They vary in terms of geographic distribution within africa. T.B. Gambiense causes a chronic disease, whereas t.B. Rhodesiense is more acute. ...Read more

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Can you explain to me the symptoms of the african sleeping sickness?

Can you explain to me the symptoms of the african sleeping sickness?

Sx's: People w Trypanosoma Brucei infection may develop a chancre in area of Tsetse fly bite. Other possible sxs: anemia,headache, fatigue, itching, fever, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, enlarged spleen & pain of muscles & joints. They may sleep during the day but be unable to sleep at night. This may lead to confusion, changes in behavior, coma or death. ...Read more

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Could you please describe the symptoms of the african sleeping sickness?

African Sleeping: People w Trypanosoma Brucei infection may develop a chancre in area of Tsetse fly bite. Other possible sxs: anemia,headache, fatigue, itching, fever, weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, enlarged spleen & pain of muscles & joints. They may sleep during the day but be unable to sleep at night. This may lead to confusion, changes in behavior, coma or death. ...Read more

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When was african sleeping sickness first discovered as caused by the bite?

When was african sleeping sickness first discovered as caused by the bite?

No: The disease was known about for hundreds of years before the parasite and the role of its vector, the tsetse fly, were discovered in 1903. ...Read more

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Could you list and describe the symptoms of the african sleeping sickness?

Could you list and describe the symptoms of the african sleeping sickness?

See below. : There are two phases of the disease. First, headaches, fevers, and muscle ; joint aches can develop in addition to a sore at the bite site. This is followed with a second phase involving issues with sleep including daytime sleepiness, cognitive impairment, tingling and numbness, and issues with balance and coordination. Other neurologic symptoms and signs may be present as well. ...Read more

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What's the causative agent of african sleeping sickness?

Trypanosoma brucei : The parasite trypanosoma brucei, transmitted by the tsetse fly. ...Read more

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