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Sustainable Elimination (Zero Cases) of Sleeping Sickness: How Far Are We from Achieving This Goal?

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Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City 300283, Nigeria
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Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8TA, UK
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Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Banjul PO Box 273, The Gambia
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Department of Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma 310101, Nigeria
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Department of Medical Biochemistry, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu 410001, Nigeria
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Pathogens 2019, 8(3), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens8030135
Received: 9 August 2019 / Revised: 26 August 2019 / Accepted: 26 August 2019 / Published: 29 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Human Pathogens)
The recent massive reduction in the numbers of fresh Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) infection has presented an opportunity for the global elimination of this disease. To prevent a possible resurgence, as was the case after the reduced transmission of the 1960s, surveillance needs to be sustained and the necessary tools for detection and treatment of cases need to be made available at the points of care. In this review, we examine the available resources and make recommendations for improvement to ensure the sustenance of the already achieved gains to keep the trend moving towards elimination. View Full-Text
Keywords: Human African Trypanosomiasis; elimination; T. b. gambiense; T. b. rhodesiense Human African Trypanosomiasis; elimination; T. b. gambiense; T. b. rhodesiense
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Akazue, P.I.; Ebiloma, G.U.; Ajibola, O.; Isaac, C.; Onyekwelu, K.; Ezeh, C.O.; Eze, A.A. Sustainable Elimination (Zero Cases) of Sleeping Sickness: How Far Are We from Achieving This Goal? Pathogens 2019, 8, 135.

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