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Is there a difference between african sleeping sickness and chagas disease?

Is there a difference between african sleeping sickness and chagas disease?

Yes: They are different diseases caused by different but related parasites. Chagas is caused by trypanosoma cruzi, while sleeping sickness is caused by trypanosoma brucei. They affect different parts of the body and cause different symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Wharton
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Chagas Disease (Definition)

South American trypanosomiasis, also called Chagas disease, is a parasitic infection that occurs in South America, Central America, and Mexico via insect bites. Early symptoms are mostly flu-like while long term consequences, if left untreated, include heart failure and difficulty swallowing. ...Read more


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What is the difference between african (sleeping sickness) and the american one (chagas disease)?

What is the difference between african (sleeping sickness) and the american one (chagas disease)?

The bug: The parasite that causes the disease are similar, both are trypanosomes, but the vector(the transmitter of the disease) tse-tse fly for africa vs "kissing bugs" for american version are different.The course of the disease is also different-chagas hits the heart , african hits the nervous system. ...Read more

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What's the causative agent of african sleeping sickness?

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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What's the causative agent behind african sleeping sickness?

What's the causative agent behind african sleeping sickness?

Protozoa: It's caused by a protozoa trypanosoma brucei and transmitted by the tsetse fly. Another interesting african disease is nodding syndrome. ...Read more

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Why does t. Brucei infection cause symptoms that led to the term african sleeping sickness?

Why does t. Brucei infection cause symptoms that led to the term african sleeping sickness?

Fatigue/ sleep: People with trypanosoma brucei infection can become extremely fatigued, sleep during the day and be unable to sleep at night. They may go on to coma and death. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more