African sleeping sickness


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African sleeping sickness

[′af·ri·kən ′slēp·iŋ ′sik·nəs]
(medicine)
A disease of humans confined to tropical Africa, caused by the protozoans Trypanosoma gambiense or T. rhodesiense; symptoms include local reaction at the site of the bite, fever, enlargement of adjacent lymph nodes, skin rash, edema, and during the late phase, somnolence and emaciation. Also known as African trypanosomiasis; maladie du sommeil; sleeping sickness.
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She is one of 5 patients reported to Eurosurveillance with East African sleeping sickness between 2005 and 2009[7].
The research could contribute to new treatment strategies that are desperately needed to fight African sleeping sickness. Current drugs are expensive and are not always effective due to increasing resistance of Tbg.
It might work against the T bruce/ variation that causes the more virulent East African sleeping sickness and might also kill the parasite responsible for Chagas disease, Trypanosoma cruzi, Olson says.--N.S.
They'll concentrate on the likes of African sleeping sickness, Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis that affect millions and kill about 140,000 each year.
Although best known as a poet and fiction writer of raw, politically and sexually charged works (e.g., Mad Dog Black Lady and African Sleeping Sickness), Coleman is also a freelance journalist.
The new test exploits the common heritage of the parasites that cause Chagas, leishmaniasis, and African sleeping sickness. All three are closely related members of what scientists know as the trypanosomatidae family.
The parasite that causes African sleeping sickness can't survive in the mammalian bloodstream without its tail, scientists report.
She sees the bad blood in her body as an extended metaphor constructing a fever that makes her progressively weak and lethargic as if she had African sleeping sickness, the thing perhaps taking the edge off, numbing the painful feelings like an epidural.

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