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African sleeping sickness returns to UK after four years

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7270.1177/a (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1177
  1. Judy Jones
  1. London

    Trypanosomiasis, also known as African sleeping sickness, has been reported in the United Kingdom for the first time in four years—in two men returning from Africa.

    In the first case, a man in his 30s was admitted with the disease to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London on 21 October after returning from a holiday in Zambia. Dr Peter Chiodini and his registrar at the hospital phoned several other hospitals and healthcare institutions in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in search of suramin, the drug used for …

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