Over 11 million people in Kenya are at the risk of being infected by sleeping sickness, a disease often transmitted – by the tsetse fly – to people in rural areas who depend on agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry and hunting.
“In Kenya, 38 out of 47 counties are infested with the tsetse fly,” Dr. Pamela Olet, CEO of the Kenya Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Council, told Anadolu Agency.
She said sleeping sickness was endemic to the Lake Victoria Basin region, which includes Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
“All the [Kenyan] counties in the Lake Victoria Basin are at risk; this translates to about 11 million people,” said Olet.
Sleeping sickness is a vector-borne parasitic disease caused by infection by protozoan parasites. It is generally transmitted to humans by the bite of the tsetse fly.