Outbreak of African sleeping sickness in Zambia

There are reports of 8 cases of African sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis) in the Rufansa District in Lusaka Province. The infected people are being treated at the Mupanshya Hospital. There is a reported increase in tsetse flies that transmit the infection in the areas that border the Game Management Areas.

While the risk of exposure to the average traveller is generally low, care should be taken to avoid tsetse fly bites, especially during outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and adventure travelling. Travellers who sustain tsetse fly bites and become ill with high fever or other symptoms of African sleeping sickness should seek medical attention immediately since the disease can be treated with anti-parasitic drugs.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Sleeping Sickness (Type 1).

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