Togo Free Of Sleeping Sickness - WHO - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Togo Free Of Sleeping Sickness - WHO


The West African country of Togo has been declared by WHO as the first country ever to eliminate "sleeping sickness" as a public health problem.

The achievement comes after more than two decades of sustained political commitment, surveillance & screening of cases, WHO announced in series of tweets.

While congratulating Togo, it noted that 
Sleeping sickness is a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) caused by parasites which are transmitted by infected tsetse flie. 

It is also only found in 36 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, mostly affecting vulnerable populations. 

If left untreated, sleeping sickness is almost always fatal. 

The African continent has made remarkable progress in controlling the disease.

 In 1995, about 25,000 cases were detected and 60 million people were estimated to be at risk of infection. In 2019, fewer than 1000 cases were found.

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