West African Sleeping Sickness

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A form of Human African Trypanosomiasis caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense. It has a slow course with few symptoms in the initial phase. It is usually transmitted by a tsetse fly species of the riverine group (Glossina palpalis) in a man-fly-man cycle. While animals can also get infected with T.b. gambiense, the role such infected animals play in transmission still needs to be clarified.


Public Health Initial Phase Social Policy Infected Animal Human African Trypanosomiasis 
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