African trypanosomiasis

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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.[1] African trypanosomiasis is caused by the trypanosoma brucei parasite, and control effects reduced cases to around 2,000 per year by 2019.[1]

Signs and symptoms[edit | edit source]

African trypanosomiasis is fatal without treatment.[1]

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:

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]

African trypanosomiasis is not known to occur with or be linked to the development of ME/CFS.[2]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.11.21.3 Centers for Disease Control (Mar 9, 2020). "African Trypanosomiasis". www.cdc.gov. Retrieved Sep 26, 2020. 
  2. Open Medicine Foundation (Sep 5, 2017). "Deep Dive Into The Science On ME". Open Medicine Foundation. Retrieved Apr 30, 2019. 

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

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