Sleeping sickness is infection with germs carried by certain flies. It results in swelling of the brain.
Sleeping sickness is caused by two germs, Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense and Trypanosomoa brucei gambiense. The more severe form of the illness is caused by T. rhodesiense.
Tsetse flies carry the infection. When an infected fly bites you, the infection spreads through your blood.
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