African trypanosomiasis or Sleeping Sickness is a neurological disease caused by a parasite transmitted by the tsetse fly, and is only found in Sub-Saharan Africa. African trypanosomiasis is caused by the trypanosoma brucei parasite, and control effects reduced cases to around 2,000 per year by 2019.
Signs and symptoms[edit | edit source]
African trypanosomiasis is fatal without treatment.
Treatment[edit | edit source]
There are two forms of African trypanosomiasis, and treatment depends on which form is presented. Drugs used for African trypanosomiasis are:
- Pentamidine, which is available in the United States
- Nifurtimox, which may be used together with eflornithine
Suramin[edit | edit source]
Suramin is not available commercially, but has been identified as a potential medication to treat ME/CFS by research at the Open Medicine Foundation.
ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a U.S. government agency dedicated to epidemiology and public health. It operates under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services.