African sleeping sickness
Sings and Symptoms!
The second, the neurological phase, begins when the parasite invades the central nervous system by passing through the blood-brain barrier. The term 'sleeping sickness' comes from the symptoms of the neurological phase. The symptoms include confusion, reduced coordination, and disruption of the sleep cycle, with bouts of fatigue punctuated with manic periods, leading to daytime slumber and night-time insomnia.
How they LOOK!
Degree of Damage!
where are they found!
The current standard treatment for first-stage (haemolymphatic) disease is intravenous or intramusculular pentadimine, or intravenous suramin.
The drug eflornithine previously used only as an alternative treatment for sleeping sickness due to its labour intensive administration was found to be safe and effective as a first-line treatment for the disease in 2008, according to the Science and Development Network's sub-Saharan Africa news updates.According to a treatment study of Trypanosoma gambiense caused human African trypanosomiasis, use of eflornithine resulted in fewer adverse events than treatment with merlaprosol.
2. It causes the person to sleep more and more and more until finally....
3. The disease takes a long time to develop 2 - 4 years
4. The microorganism that causes the disease can hide from your immune system by changing the way it looks every two weeks. Its like it wears a disquise to hide from your body.
5. African sleeping sickness is totally preventable. All we have to do is lower the numbers of the vector, mosquitos.