Use of vector control to protect people from sleeping sickness in the focus of Bonon (Côte d’Ivoire)

Gambian sleeping sickness (Gambian human African trypanosomiasis, gHAT) is a neglected tropical disease caused by Trypanosoma brucei gambiense transmitted by tsetse flies. Researchers carried out a trial to assess whether Tiny Targets, insecticide-treated targets that attract and kill tsetse, could control Glossina palpalis palpalis, the most important vector of gHAT in Côte d’Ivoire.Between February 2016 and December 2018, no recent (Stage 1) cases of gHAT have been reported in Bonon. This results demonstrate that Tiny Targets can contribute to the elimination of gHAT through tsetse control. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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