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3 Million People Threatened by Trypanosomiasis in Guinea

Posted by feww on November 1, 2012

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More than 3 million people threatened by mosquito-borne  “sleeping sickness” in Guinea

The disease is endemic in some regions of sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimated ¼ million people currently infected.

  • There are two types of human trypanosomiasis:
    1. African trypanosomiasis, which is transmitted by the tsetse fly infected with T. brucei (sleeping sickness).
    2. American trypanosomiasis [also known as Chagas disease,] which is transmitted by the assassin bug infected with T. cruzi.

African Trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)

  • A recent epidemic in Uganda and Kenya killed at least 50,000 people in 2008.
  • Some 36 sub-Saharan countries have reported the disease.
  • At least 60 million people living in about 250 locations are at risk of contracting the disease.
  • T. b. gambiense infection (West African sleeping sickness) progresses more slowly. At first, there may be only mild symptoms. Infected persons may have intermittent fevers, headaches, muscle and joint aches, and malaise. Itching of the skin, swollen lymph nodes, and weight loss can occur. Usually, after 1-2 years, there is evidence of central nervous system involvement, with personality changes, daytime sleepiness with nighttime sleep disturbance, and progressive confusion. Other neurologic signs, such as partial paralysis or problems with balance or walking may occur, as well as hormonal imbalances. The course of untreated infection rarely lasts longer than 6-7 years and more often kills in about 3 years.” CDC said.


Trypanosoma forms in blood smear from patient with African trypanosomiasis. Source: CDC

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