Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosoma brucei)
Are you tired? Working too hard? Feeling a bit cranky? Do you think you might have sleeping sickness? This little fellow will sing you a lullaby you'll never forget.
|Sizes||Giantmicrobes are based on actual microbes, cells, organisms and other critters, only 1,000,000 times actual size!
Gigantic (GG) 40-60cm
XL (XL) 25-38cm
Original (PD) 12-20cm
Minis (MM) 5-10cm each
Keychain (KC) 5-10cm with clip
|Materials||Plush from all new materials. Stuffed with polyester fiber fill. Surface washable: sponge with water & soap, air dry.|
|Packaging||Each plush microbe includes a printed card with fun, educational and fascinating facts about the actual microbe or cell.|
|Safety||Every product meets or exceeds U.S. and European standards for safety. For ages 3 and up.|
All about Sleeping Sickness (Trypanosoma brucei)
|Name||African trypanosomiasis, is named for the parasite that infects patients, belonging to the genus Trypanosoma|
|Where It Lives||Sleeping sickness is a parasite that is spread by flies. This disease is found in different areas of Africa. Another main way that the disease can be passed is from a mother to an unborn child.|
|Symptoms||The first stage symptoms are headaches, fever and joint pains. When the disease goes to stage two the individual will experience confusion, sensory disturbance, poor coordination and disturbance of the sleep cycle, which is where the disease name came from.|
|Cure||Medications are prescribed for anyone with the disease, however, the type of medicine depends on the type of infection and the stage of the disease.|
1901: Identified by Forde in an English patient
1902: Dutton found the parasite and named them Trypanosoma gambiense.
1920: epidemic took place in many African countries and was controlled by screening at-risk individuals
The most recent outbreak in Africa started in 1970 and lasted until the late 1990s
|Fascinating Facts||In 2009 the number of cases reported dropped below 10,000 for the first time in 50 years!|