The expansion of sleeping sickness caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense beyond its traditional focus in southeast Uganda has been linked with large-scale livestock restocking. To assess the risk presented to the human population by domestic livestock, human-infective T b rhodesiense must be distinguished from non-human-infective T brucei brucei, since both parasites can be present in cattle. We investigated the use of a simple genetic marker to characterise parasites collected from cattle in villages within the new sleeping sickness focus in Soroti District, Uganda.
- Disease Reservoirs
- Gene Amplification
- Membrane Glycoproteins
- Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
- Protozoan Proteins
- Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense
- Trypanosomiasis, African