Sleeping Sickness Setback

Uganda is on track to eradicating a common form of West African sleeping sickness (also known as human African trypanosomiasis, or HAT) in 3 years, but South Sudan’s civil war could jeopardize those efforts. Refugees from areas of Sudan where the disease is endemic are being driven into Uganda and settling in camps near where the last few HAT cases were reported. Amidst the chaos, researchers worry, humanitarian organizations may not prioritize HAT prevention.
 
Researchers are calling on Uganda’s Ministry of Health and international organizations to coordinate responses, including distribution of rapid diagnostic tests and control of insects that spread the disease.

Source: The Lancet

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