Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

For controlling tsetse flies, fabric color matters

Tsetse flies infest an estimated 10 million square kilometers of sub-Saharan Africa and their bites transmit trypanosome parasites that cause disease in humans and in animals. This week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, ...

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Can Africa end the curse of sleeping sickness?

Once the bane of sub-Saharan Africa, sleeping sickness is agonisingly close to being wiped out, but only if countries—and donors—keep up their guard, say scientists.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

'Antelope perfume' keeps flies away from cows

In Africa, tsetse flies transfer sleeping sickness to cattle. This leads to huge losses in milk, meat and manpower. The damage in Africa is estimated to be about $4.6 billion U.S. each year. Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister ...

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New insights into the world of trypanosomes

Single specimens of the vermicular pathogens causing sleeping sickness swim inside the gut of the tsetse fly between blood cells which the fly has ingested from an infected mammal. This is where they start their week-long ...

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Tackling sleeping sickness in Maasai communities

Pietro Ceccato remembers his first trip three years ago to a Maasai village located a two hour's drive south of Arusha, Tanzania. He was there with a team of public health researchers to learn more about the dynamics of trypanosomiasis, ...

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Deadly sleeping sickness set to be eliminated in six years

Gambian sleeping sickness - a deadly parasitic disease spread by tsetse flies - could be eliminated in six years in key regions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to new research by the University of Warwick.

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