Lifecycle of African Trypanosomiasis

Lifecycle of African Trypanosomiasis

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Caption: Illustration of lifecycle of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), also known as sleeping sickness. Trypanosome protozoans are the cause of sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis). It is a vector-borne parasite transmitted by bloodsucking tsetse flies (Glossina sp.). The trypomastigote, lives in the bloodstream of the human host, reproducing asexually. It causes a recurring fever, enlarged lymph nodes, joint pain, weight loss and insomnia. Without drug treatment, the disease is usually fatal.

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