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Risk Factors for West African Trypanosomiasis

List of Risk Factors for West African Trypanosomiasis

The list of risk factors mentioned for West African Trypanosomiasis in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion:

Tsetse flies can be found in Western and Central African forests, in areas of thick shrubbery and trees by rivers and waterholes. Risk of infection increases with the number of times a person is bitten by the tsetse fly. Therefore, tourists are not at great risk for contracting West African trypanosomiasis unless they are traveling and spending long periods of time in rural areas of Western and Central Africa. (Source: excerpt from West African Trypanosomiasis: DPD)

About risk factors:

Risk factors for West African Trypanosomiasis are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for West African Trypanosomiasis makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to West African Trypanosomiasis. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting West African Trypanosomiasis. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.


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