The history of sleeping sickness in East Africa has provoked controversy not only about the origins and spread of the disease, but also the identity of the causative organisms involved. Molecular methodology has shed new light on the genetic makeup of the organisms involved in recent epidemics. Here, Geoff Hide, Andrew Tait, Ian Maudlin and Susan Welburn discuss these new data in relation to previous theories about the origins of epidemics in East Africa which emphasized the importance of the introduction of new strains.
Hide, G.; Maudlin, I.; Tait, A.; Welburn, S.C. The origins, dynamics and generation of Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense epidemics in East Africa. Parasitology Today (1996) 12 (2) 50-55. [DOI: 10.1016/0169-4758(96)80654-5]