The mystery of sleeping sickness – why does it keep waking up?

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The mystery of sleeping sickness – why does it keep waking up?

Sleeping sickness is a neglected tropical disease that affects rural populations in Africa. Deadly when untreated, it is being targeted for elimination through case finding and treatment. Yet, fundamental questions about its transmission cycle remain unanswered. One of them is whether transmission is limited to humans, or whether other species play a role in maintaining circulation of the disease. In this snapshot, we introduce a mathematical model for the spread of Trypanosoma brucei, the parasite responsible for causing sleeping sickness, and present some results based on data collected in Cameroon. Understanding how important animals are in harbouring Trypanosoma brucei that can infect humans is important for assessing whether the disease could be reintroduced in human populations even after all infected people have been successfully treated.


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Sujet mathématique

Calcul numérique et calcul scientifique

Liens avec d'autres domaines

Sciences de la vie


Sebastian Funk




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Sujet mathématique

Algèbre et théorie des nombres
Pédagogie et éducation
Mathématiques discrètes et fondements des mathématiques
Géométrie et Topologie
Calcul numérique et calcul scientifique
Théorie des probabilités et statistique

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Chimie et sciences de la terre
Ingénierie et technologie
Humanités et sciences sociales
Sciences de la vie
Pensées mathématiques

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