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What is West African Trypanosomiasis?

What is West African Trypanosomiasis?

  • West African Trypanosomiasis: West African sleeping sickness from the tsetse fly.
  • West African Trypanosomiasis: A hemoflagellate subspecies of parasitic protozoa that causes Gambian or West African sleeping sickness in humans. The vector host is usually the tsetse fly (Glossina).
    Source - Diseases Database

West African Trypanosomiasis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that West African Trypanosomiasis, or a subtype of West African Trypanosomiasis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

West African Trypanosomiasis: Introduction

Types of West African Trypanosomiasis:

Broader types of West African Trypanosomiasis:

Who gets West African Trypanosomiasis?

Geography Profile for West African Trypanosomiasis: West African trypanosomiasis can be contracted in parts of Western and Central Africa; see the map for areas where illness can be found. The tsetse fly lives only in Africa; areas where infection is spread are largely determined by where the infected tsetse fly is found. (Source: excerpt from West African Trypanosomiasis: DPD)

How serious is West African Trypanosomiasis?

Prognosis of West African Trypanosomiasis: Good with treatment. Death within weeks or months if untreated
Complications of West African Trypanosomiasis: see complications of West African Trypanosomiasis

What causes West African Trypanosomiasis?

Causes of West African Trypanosomiasis: see causes of West African Trypanosomiasis
Risk factors for West African Trypanosomiasis: see risk factors for West African Trypanosomiasis

What are the symptoms of West African Trypanosomiasis?

Symptoms of West African Trypanosomiasis: see symptoms of West African Trypanosomiasis

Complications of West African Trypanosomiasis: see complications of West African Trypanosomiasis

Incubation period for West African Trypanosomiasis: Symptoms occur within months to years after infection. (Source: excerpt from West African Trypanosomiasis: DPD)

Can anyone else get West African Trypanosomiasis?

More information: see contagiousness of West African Trypanosomiasis
Inheritance: see inheritance of West African Trypanosomiasis

West African Trypanosomiasis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for West African Trypanosomiasis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and West African Trypanosomiasis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for West African Trypanosomiasis: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for West African Trypanosomiasis.
Treatments for West African Trypanosomiasis: see treatments for West African Trypanosomiasis
Prevention of West African Trypanosomiasis: see prevention of West African Trypanosomiasis
Research for West African Trypanosomiasis: see research for West African Trypanosomiasis

Name and Aliases of West African Trypanosomiasis

Main name of condition: West African Trypanosomiasis

Other names or spellings for West African Trypanosomiasis:

Gambian sleeping sickness, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense, trypanosomiasis [Trypanosoma brucei gambiense]

Sleeping sickness (West African), Gambian trypanosomiasis Source - Diseases Database

Gambian sleeping sickness, Trypanosomiasis, west African
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

West African Trypanosomiasis: Related Conditions

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