Reminder: African trypanosomiasis, this time in Angola

Health authorities have recorded a total of 76 cases of sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis) since the beginning of 2011. The cases were found in the 6 endemic provinces of the country, Malanje, Uije, Kwanza Norte, Kwanza Sul, Bengo, and Zaire.

Travellers should be aware that trypanosomosis affects both people and animals and occurs in 37 sub-Saharan countries covering an area which corresponds approximately to one third of the Africa's total land area. Travellers in areas known to be affected with this disease should take all necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by the tsetse fly that transmits the infection.

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

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