Human African trypanosomiasis in non-endemic countries.


Sudarshi, D; Brown, M; (2015) Human African trypanosomiasis in non-endemic countries. Clinical medicine (London, England), 15 (1). pp. 70-3. ISSN 1470-2118 DOI: https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmedicine.15-1-70

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Abstract

: Human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) or sleeping sickness is a parasitic disease, acquired by the bite of an infected tsetse fly. In non-endemic countries HAT is rare, and therefore the diagnosis may be delayed leading to potentially fatal consequences. In this article the clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment of the two forms of HAT are outlined. Rhodesiense HAT is an acute illness that presents in tourists who have recently visited game parks in Eastern or Southern Africa, whereas Gambiense HAT has a more chronic clinical course, in individuals from West or Central Africa.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 25650203
Web of Science ID: 349200300017
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2338153

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