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How is sleeping sickness diagnosed?

To establish the diagnosis, the parasite has to be detected in a blood sample, fluid from lymph nodes or cerebrospinal fluid. Diagnosis of sleeping sickness can be made by microscopic examination of fluid from the original sore at the site of the tsetse fly bite. Trypanosomes will be present in the fluid for a short period of time following the bite. If the sore has already resolved, fluid can be obtained from swollen lymph nodes for examination. Other methods of trypanosome diagnosis involve culturing blood, lymph node fluid, bone marrow, or spinal fluid. These cultures are then injected into rats, which develop blood-borne protozoa infection which can be detected in blood smears within one to two weeks. However, this last method is effective only for the Rhodesian variety of sleeping sickness.

More information on sleeping sickness

What is sleeping sickness? - Sleeping sickness or African trypanosomiasis is an infectious parasitic disease carried by tsetse flies and characterized by inflammation of the brain.
What causes sleeping sickness? - Sleeping sickness is caused by two organisms, T. brucei rhodesiense and T. brucei gambiense. Gambiense-infected people develop drowsiness during the day.
What're the symptoms of sleeping sickness? - Symptoms of sleeping sickness begin with fever, headaches, and joint pains. Other symptoms resemble Parkinson's disease.
How is sleeping sickness diagnosed? - Diagnosis of sleeping sickness can be made by microscopic examination of fluid from the original sore at the site of the tsetse fly bite.
What's the treatment for sleeping sickness? - Treatment for sleeping sickness depends on the phase of the disease: initial or neurological.
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