Traveller to game parks in Zambia infected with African trypanosomiasis

A Canadian traveller visited the South Luangwa National Park, the Lower Zambezi National Park, and briefly stopped in Lusaka. During the visit, the traveller became infected with sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis), probably at one of the national parks.

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Advice For Travellers

There is ongoing transmission of sleeping sickness in Zambia, and there is a potential risk of becoming infected at 2 of the national parks, as well as other rural areas of Zambia. There is no vaccine or medicine that prevents African trypanosomiasis. Travellers can protect themselves by preventing tsetse fly bites. Wearing clothing that covers exposed skin, e.g., long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats, will help prevent bites. Although there is limited evidence that insect repellent works against tsetse flies, it is still recommended. Stay and sleep in screened or air conditioned rooms.