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Sleeping sickness patient, Congo

Sleeping sickness patient, Congo

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WIM VAN CAPPELLEN / REPORTERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY WIM VAN CAPPELLEN / REPORTERS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Congo hospital. Family visiting a young girl with sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis). The disease is caused by a parasitic protozoan that is transmitted to humans via the tsetse fly. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and confusion. Without treatment the disease leads to coma and death. Photographed in the University Centre for Human African Trypanosomiasis, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of The Congo.

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