New treatment for fatal disease found

Scientists at the University of York’s Centre for Immunology and Infection have made a breakthrough in treatments for the disease human trypanosomiasis, commonly known as sleeping sickness.

Working with research colleagues in Dundee and Toronto, the team from York, led by Professor Debbie Smith, has made good progress in developing new and safe treatments to kill the parasites, particularly in the first stage of the disease.

Each year, between 50,000 and 70,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa contract sleeping sickness.

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