The origins of a new Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense sleeping sickness outbreak in eastern Uganda

E M Fèvre, P G Coleman, M Odiit, J W Magona, S C Welburn, M E Woolhouse

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Abstract

Sleeping sickness, caused by two trypanosome subspecies, Trypanosoma brucei gambiense and Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, is a parasitic disease transmitted by the tsetse fly in sub-Saharan Africa. We report on a recent outbreak of T b rhodesiense sleeping sickness outside the established south-east Ugandan focus, in Soroti District where the disease had previously been absent. Soroti District has been the subject of large-scale livestock restocking activities and, because domestic cattle are important reservoirs of T b rhodesiense, we investigated the role of cattle in the origins of the outbreak.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-8
Number of pages4
JournalThe Lancet
Volume358
Issue number9282
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2001

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cattle
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Maps as Topic
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense
  • Trypanosomiasis, African
  • Uganda

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