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Whats the name of the pathogen that causes african sleeping sickness?

Whats the name of the pathogen that causes african sleeping sickness?

Sleeping sickness: African trypanosomiasis, also called sleeping sickness, is caused by a parasite named trypanosoma brucei. The most common way this parasite is transmitted is via a bite of the tsetse fly. When the fly bites a person, it regurgitates & some of the parasites enter the bloodstream of the person. Other ways include: blood transfusion, mother-to-child across the placenta, or rarely sexual transmission. ...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 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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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 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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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?

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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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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