East African sleeping sickness


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Rho·de·sian try·pan·o·so·mi·a·sis

a disease of humans caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense in eastern Africa from Ethiopia and Uganda south to Zimbabwe; it is clinically similar to Gambian trypanosomiasis but of shorter duration and more acute in form; patients suffer repeated episodes of pyrexia, become anemic, and frequently die from cardiac failure.

East African sleeping sickness

East African sleeping sickness

a disease of humans caused by Trypanosoma rhodesiense. The parasite is infectious for many animal species which act as reservoirs for humans. The disease is fatal in humans if it is not treated. Keratitis and encephalitis occur in goats and sheep, facial paralysis and emaciation in horses.
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For the treatment of East African sleeping sickness, only suramin and melarsoprol are used in the first and second stage of the disease, respectively.
In the present report the use of PCR is illustrated in a recently encountered case of East African sleeping sickness.
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.

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