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Livestock trade is culprit in sleeping sickness spread

Scientists baffled by the continued spread of sleeping sickness through Uganda have discovered that it is livestock markets that are driving the disease.

A team from Uganda and the United Kingdom analysed the incidence of the serious Rhodesian form of sleeping sickness, which is carried by cattle, in two newly affected districts.

They confirmed that villages close to livestock markets have higher rates of the disease.

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